Altar of the Santa Maria Assunta - Palermo Cathedral

Lucinda Walter

Green Valley, United States

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A view of the Altar of the Palermo Cathedral in Palermo, Sicily.

The cathedral in Palermo, stands on the site of a sixth century Christian basilica which was later superseded by an Arab mosque. In Norman times the English Archbishop Walter of the Mill (Gualterius Offamilius) decided to erect a new building which would bear witness to the claim to power of the Archbishop of Palermo (and which, in fact, induced King William II to build “his” cathedral in Monreale, only 10km/6mi away). Construction of this unusually long, triple-aisled church began about 1170 or 1171, and it was finally consecrated in 1185. It was repeatedly altered in the years that followed, in the Gothic style in the 14th and 15th centuries, but especially in the years 1781-1804, when Ferdinando Fuga gave the interior a rather cold Classical appearance and added a dome and a second transept.

Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ28

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