William the Good also founded the cathedral of Monreale
, the royal mountain, some 10 kilometres south of the city at the head of the Conca d'Oro.
We couldn't leave the area without a visit to Monreale
where the cathedral is a vision of Norman/Arabic architecture.
Marveling at the eerie skeletons in a Cappuccin crypt, airy mosaics of Monreale
, enchanting ruins of Segesra and the fiery rim of Mount Etna, we enjoy the best of Sicily.
Just 20 minutes away by public transport is another "must-see" - the hilltop town of Monreale
, famous for its Byzantine mosaics, colourful, hand-painted donkey carts and Benedictine cloisters offering superb panoramic views over the city.
The Sicilian town of Monreale
boasts today a splendid cathedral founded in the 1170s as a testament to the religious zeal of Sicily's Norman king - William II.
The filial link between Abraham and Lazarus is again illustrated by the fact that the two people are shown on the same vertical axis (as in the cloisters at Monreale
, and also in a manuscript of the Gospels from northern Italy, second quarter of thirteenth century).(27) This axis was used to express fleshly filiation in genealogical representations, including royal and aristocratic family trees, the arbor consanguinitatis and the Tree of Jesse, which developed in the twelfth century.(28) The connexion is sometimes reinforced by Abraham's beard which joins his head to that of Lazarus.
The nearby hill town of Monreale
will also host events.
This was the earliest of the Sicilian churches to be decorated in the style of the Cappella Palatina, Cefalu, and Monreale
, the great royal churches with Byzantine mosaics, opus sectile pavements, extravagant use of porphyry, inscriptions in Arabic and Greek, wooden doors and fittings carved in the Fatimid style, stained glass in plaster window grilles with Arabic inscriptions, stonework with ablaq inlaid decoration, and painted wooden panels.
(4) Nacido en Collelungo (Italia) en 1879, sacerdote en 1901, obispo titular de Sardica el 22 de julio de 1921; obispo el 7 de agosto de 1921 antes de partir para Mexico; delegado apostolico de Turquia el 31 de marzo de 1923, y Arzobispo de Monreale
(Italia) el 6 de abril de 1925.
Kempton 3.40 La Gifted, 4.10 True Decision, 5.10 Monreale