Unesco Sites of Italy: Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale

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Located on the north-western coast of Sicily, “Arab-Norman Palermo includes a series of nine civil and religious structures dating from the era of the Norman kingdom of Sicily (1130-1194): two palaces, three churches, a cathedral, a bridge, as well as the cathedrals of Cefalú and Monreale,” writes Unesco, which inscribed these monuments into its World Heritage list in 2015.

“Collectively, they are an example of a social-cultural syncretism between Western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures on the island […] They also bear testimony to the fruitful coexistence of people of different origins and religions (Muslim, Byzantine, Latin, Jewish, Lombard and French).”

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