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A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 10:33

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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RE: A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 10:34

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


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RE: A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 10:36

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


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RE: A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 10:38

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.


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RE: A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 10:39

This is a view of the rear of the float.


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RE: A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 10:42

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.


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RE: A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 10:44

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.


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RE: A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 10:47

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.


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RE: A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 10:48

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.


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RE: A long cruise - Palermo, Sicily - part 4

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.


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