Monreale
This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Click the pic to see its description page and licensing.

MONREALE

Not too far from Palermo, situated on a rocky spur overlooking the Valle dell’Oreto, is where you’ll find Monreale, known throughout the world for its magnificent Norman Cathedral, one of the greatest works in the entire Medieval period.
Monreale developed around the Benedictine Abbey, which became a powerful Episcopal seat in 1183. After Norman conquest of Sicily by Ruggero I, it was Guglielmo II il Buono (William II ‘the Good’) who in 1176, wanted to transfer the monks to a pre-existing Arabic country house called Bulchar. The same king, in 1174, gave permission for the construction of the Duomo of S. Maria La Nuova, known throughout the world as the Duomo of Monreale, a unique architectonic work due to its various combined styles: Arabic, Norman, Byzantine and Romanesque.
In the centre of Monreale, one can visit Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, where other than the magnificent Duomo, one can admire the Chiostro dell’Abbazia (Abbey Cloisters), also from the Norman era, with its quadrangular form and square precinct walls which contain a fountain in one of its angles.
Other religious buildings of interest worth visiting in Monreale are: the Collegiata (Collegiate) del Crocifisso (Crucifix), S.Antonio e S.Castrese ('500s).
One can visit the Belvedere public gardens, with its rare panoramic views of Palermo, via Piazza Guglielmo II.
Lastly, a worthwhile visit, which is close by, is the Seminario di Chierici (Clerics Seminary), an ancient Norman residence which was readapted during the 16th and 18th Centuries.

MONREALE
Art City

Sicily region, Island of Italy

 

City Guide
art profile
museums

Travel Monreale
Monreale hotels

 

Art Cities in Sicily
Palermo
Agrigento
Catania
Enna
Messina
Siracusa
Trapani
More Art Cities in Sicily
Acireale
Alcamo
Caccamo
Caltagirone
Caltanissetta
Castelvetrano
Cefalù
Erice
Gela
Lentini
Licata
Lipari
Marsala
Mazara del Vallo
Milazzo
Modica
Monreale
Noto
Palazzolo Acreide
Piazza Armerina
Ragusa
Randazzo
Sciacca
Scicli
Taormina
Termini Imerese
Archaeological Sites
Akrai
Megara Iblea
Morgantina
Mozia
Pantalica
Segesta
Selinunte
Tindari
Valle dei Templi
Villa Romana del Casale

In Italy Today
Italy Guides:
> Art Cities
> Full List
> Italy Regions
Exhibitions Events
Hotels B&Bs

 


ART TRAVEL LINK - SELECTED WEB SITES

  • Your ArtTravelSite - http://www.yoursite.com
    Description of the site.
  • ... ask to put your art-link here!

 


Vuoi inserire un LINK?
Hai un HOTEL o un'altra attività legata al TURISMO IN ITALIA?

Promuovilo nella pagina della tua città dentro IN ITALY TODAY!
OFFERTE PROMOZIONALI PER I PRIMI LINK

Art Travel directory

SUGGEST AN ART/TRAVEL-SITE

 

In Italy Today loves art

© IN ITALY HOTELS NETWORK