A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)July 16, 2014

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.

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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

A view of the bell tower, which dates from the 14th century.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:34AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

A closer view of the bell tower from a different angle. I had never seen wind vanes like this on a church.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:36AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

This float is used in parades for special occasions. That information was according to our guide, however he did not know who would be on the float. It is stored on the piazza next to the cathedral.

The building at the rear is the cathedral's museum. We did not enter.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:38AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

This is a view of the rear of the float.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:39AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

There is a large plaza next to the cathedral and this small garden area was about the only things growing there. You can see the float in the background.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:42AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

This is the bronze door at the west end of the cathedral. As I attempted to discover more information online about this entrance, I was repeatedly referred to the doors at the Monreale Cathedral. Currently, this entrance is not used.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:44AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

On the piazza that is adjacent to the cathedral, there is a high school Liceo Classico Vittorio Emanuele II. Established in 1549, it is the oldest in Sicily.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:47AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

It was mid-day and many of the students were on the piazza. Typical high school students.

Part 5 of our Palermo visit will include the inside of the cathedral.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:48AM
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anneliese_32(6)

The cathedral is interesting. I have never seen a church with such a mix of styles. I am trying to figure out what part belongs to what century.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 7:27PM
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