- Duration: 4h
- Language: Italian, English, French
- Path: on foot
- Participants: minimum 4 people
- Cost per person excluding transport: from € 35
- Not included: admission tickets to monuments
Short description Unesco Palermo Arab-Norman Tour
Tour of Palermo focused on the Arab-Norman art masterpieces considered World Heritage listed in the UNESCO world heritage list since 2015.
An authorized tourist guide, but especially a palermitan lover of art and of his own city, will guide you inside the richest and most extraordinary buildings of the Norman age of Palermo illustrating the artistic components and the numerous symbologies that characterize them.
The duration of the entire route is about 4h. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes. The cost does not include any travel by means of transport and admission ticket.
Description Unesco Palermo Arab-Norman Tour
Appointment at the Parliament Square, in front of the ticket office of the Royal Palace, visit to the Norman Palace, center of political power and royal residence from the twelfth century, when the palace was built by the will of the Norman sovereigns, currently the building is home to Sicilian Regional Assembly. Inside, we will visit the Cappella Palatina, an architectural masterpiece of the Norman age, in which expressions of Islamic, Byzantine and Romanesque culture combine to create one of the highest creations of the Italian Middle Ages
Following is the visit of the Cathedral of Palermo, built in 1185 by the will of the Archbishop Gualtiero Offamilio and modified several times over the centuries. For the multi-stratification of architectural and decorative elements that characterize it is proposed as a direct testimony and evocative of the historical and artistic events, which has affected Palermo over the centuries, linked to the passage of the various dominations that came to Sicily and left their mark in the a symbolic place par excellence of religious power.
From there we will continue on foot through the streets of the historic centenary and we will reach Piazza Bellini embellished by the presence of two exceptional Norman churches: the Church of the Martorana and the Church of San Cataldo.
We will visit the church of Martorana, a medieval jewel, with its Byzantine school mosaics on a gold background. Church built by the will of Admiral George of Antioch for the Byzantine rite.
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