A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4
Palermo Cathedral was erected in 1185 by the minister of William II (the person responsible for the Monreale Cathedral). It was built on the remains of a Byzantine basilica that was converted into a mosque in the 9th century. There are several styles of architecture due to additions and restorations with the last of those ending in 1801. There was some damage during an air assault in 1943, but that has been repaired.