Statues of the Santa Maria Assunta - Palermo Cathedral

Lucinda Walter

Green Valley, United States

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Statues stand guard over the entrance to the grounds of Santa Maria Assunta the Palermo Cathedral. In 1184, during Sicily’s Norman period, Archbishop of Palermo Gualtiero Offamiglio founded the cathedral on the site of a Muslim mosque, which had itself been built over an early Christian basilica. The archbishop’s main aim was to surpass the glory of the magnificent cathedral of nearby Monreale, and the Palermo Duomo became an architectural battleground for “The Battle of the Two Cathedrals.” Many additions were made to the original Norman structure over the years. The exterior was “Gothicized” in the 13th and 14th centuries, and the Spaniards made their mark in the 15th century. The famous portico by Domenico and Antonello Gagini is in the center.

Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ28

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