Located on the northern coast of Sicily, Arab-Norman Palermo includes a series of nine civil and religious structures dating from the era of the Norman kingdom of Sicily (1130-1194): two palaces, three churches, a cathedral, a bridge, as well as the cathedrals of Cefalú and Monreale. Collectively, they are an example of a social-cultural syncretism between Western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures on the island which gave rise to new concepts of space, structure and decoration. They also bear testimony to the fruitful coexistence of people of different origins and religions (Muslim, Byzantine, Latin, Jewish, Lombard and French).

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

9 sites in this World Heritage

  • Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel
  • Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti
  • Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio
  • Church of San Cataldo
  • Palermo Cathedral
  • Zisa Palace
  • Admiral’s Bridge
  • Cefalù Cathedral
  • Monreale Cathedral

Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel

Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio

Church of San Cataldo

Palermo Cathedral

Zisa Palace

Admiral’s Bridge

Cefalù Cathedral

Monreale Cathedral

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Italy 
Category
Cultural
Name
Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iv)
Year of Registered
2015
Keyword
Cathedral, Church, Registered in 2015, Religious place