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The Cathedral of Monreale

Part of the Unesco World Heritage in the Arab-Norman itinerary of Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale, the Cathedral of Monreale or Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is a treasure chest: the Byzantine mosaics, the cloister of the monastery Benedictine embellished by the Romanesque capitals of its columns, the interiors with precious thrones and sarcophagi, the works of art of the Diocesan Museum.

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: Announciate Virgin,  Byzantine mosaic with a golden background in the tympanum of the apse.  The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: Announciate Virgin, Byzantine mo...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Southern side of capital W8; "William II the Emperor offering the Cathedral to the Virgin and Infant Jesus". In the background, the Southern side of the Cathedral, the flowerbeds and an olive tree.

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Rebecca's journey". Old Testament, Cycle of Abraham. , Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Abraham, XII - XIII centuryLatin inscription: "REBECCA VADIT CUM SERVO ABRAMÆ".

Monreale, Duomo: "Rebecca's journey". Old Testament, Cycle...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): view of the western side of the cloister (heading North).

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Northern side of capital W20 (""Noah curses his son Cam and the construction of the tower of Babel").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: decoration frieze representing a palm tree, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: decoration frieze representing a...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of heaven and earth", Old Testament Cycle - Creation, Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription: "IN PRINCIPIO CREAVIT DEUS CÆLUM ET TERRAM".

Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of heaven and earth", Old Testam...

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 Monreale Cathedral: view of the facade and the square in front.

Monreale Cathedral: view of the facade and the square in fr...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): in the foreground, the Southern side of capital E 20 ("Adam and Eve expelled from Paradise").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Annunciation" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of Man", Old Testament Cycle - Creation, byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription:"FACIAMUS HOMINEM AD IMAGINEM ET SIMILITUDINEM NOSTRAM ET INSPIRAVIT IN FACIEM EIUS SPIRACULUM VITÆ".

Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of Man", Old Testament Cycle - C...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The Last Supper" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: mosaic decoration with little palm tree motifs. This 12th century mosaic of Arab - Norman style, it is among the oldest and most intact ones of the cathedral.

Monreale, Duomo: mosaic decoration with little palm tree mo...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The Miracle of the man with a dried up hand", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS HOMINEM MANUM ARIDAM HABENTEM SABATO IN SYNAGOGÆ CURAT" .

Monreale, Duomo: "The Miracle of the man with a dried up ha...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing the paralytic", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"MISERUNT IN TEMPLUM HOMINEM PARALYTICUM IN LECTO ANTE PEDES IESU ET SANAVIT EUM" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing the paralytic", Byzantine m...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The original sin", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Earthly Paradise, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription: "MULIER SUGGESTIONI SERPENTIS TULIT DE FRUCTU ET COMEDIT DEDITQUE VIRO SUO".

Monreale, Duomo: "The original sin", Byzantine mosaic, Old...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Mary Magdalene anoints Jesus' feet with ointments, washes them with her tears and dries them with her hair", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"MARIA MAGDALENA UNGIT PEDES IESUS LACRIMIS LAVAT ET CAPILLIS EXTERGIT" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Mary Magdalene anoints Jesus' feet with o...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "God introduces Eve to Adam", byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII sec, on the counterfacade.Latin inscription: "ADDUCIT DOMINUS MULIEREM AD ADAM DIXITQUE ADAM HOC ENIM OS EX OSSIBUS MEIS ET CARO DE CARNE MEA".

Monreale, Duomo: "God introduces Eve to Adam", byzantine mo...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting a grifo and a lion. The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: wooden and gilded pastiglia reliquary box. It contained part of the mortal remains of St. Louis IX, and it was kept  inside the marble sarcophagus dedicated to the King of France for centuries and located in the right nave of the Cathedral of Monreale. The box, originally perhaps a wedding box or a wedding gift, was probably made by French workers of the thirteenth century. The work is decorated with female figures, plant elements and eagles, while the corners are marked by metal sections in gilded, embossed and chiseled copper, decorated with repeated geometric motifs.

Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: wooden and gilded past...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the transept and the Northern apse with St. Paul's stories. Byzantine mosaics, XII - XIII centuries.

Monreale, Duomo: view of the transept and the Northern apse...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: St Peter I of Alexandria and Pope Clement I, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: St Peter I of Alexandria and Pope...

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 Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery: view of the cloister (XII century) with  arch colonnades and flowerbeds with palm trees.

Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery: vie...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Southern side of the capital E24 (Resurrection of Christ and Descent to the limbo).

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail with anthropomorphic figures and animals.

Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail with anthropomor...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: chalice in coral, silver filigree and gilded copper, manufactured by the Trapani silversmith Francesco Iacono in the 18th century. Detail.

Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: chalice in coral, silv...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Isaac's Sacrifice" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing the woman suffering from hemorraage", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription:"MULIER FLUXUS SANGUINIS HABENS HMBRIA VESTIMENTA IESU CHRISTI TANGIT ET AB IPSA INFIRMITATE SANATUR" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing the woman suffering from he...

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 Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII century): the small Cloister and its fountain, perhaps an ancient Baptismal font. In the background the Southern side of the Cathedral.

Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Christ's Ascension" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Jesus' Nativity" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.Detail of panel with four hares. The iconographic motif of the hares is of Central Asian origin and of pre-Islamic and pre-Christian age.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Etymasia (preparation for the throne) with the instruments of passion, restored in 1979; Byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.The etymasìa (ἑτοιμασία, in Greek "preparation") is an iconographic theme that is characterised by the representation of an empty throne with the insignia of Christ. The sense of the theme is that Christ will occupy the throne on his return to earth for universal judgment.The etymasia of the Cathedral of Monreale represents a medallion, with the two-armed cross, the spear and the cane, the throne placed in front of the cross on which the blue mantle of Christ is laid (the human garment), on the throne it rests the Holy Spirit (the dove), at the foot of the throne a jar in which the four nails of his Crucifixion are contained.

Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Etymasia (preparation for...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the nave. The walls are decorated by byzantine mosaics.

Monreale, Duomo: view of the nave. The walls are decorated...

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 Monreale Cathedral, transept: the royal throne and the Byzantine mosaic which depicts King William II crowned by Christ.The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, transept: the royal throne and the Byza...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Annunciation" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of Eve", byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII centuries, on the counterfacade.Latin inscription: "Immisit Dominus soporem in Adam et tulit Evam de costis eius".

Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of Eve", byzantine mosaic, XII -...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The Creator's Rest on the Seventh Day", Old Testament Cycle - Creation, byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription: "REQUIEVIT DOMINUS DIE SEPTIMO AB OMNI OPERE QUOD PATRARAT".

Monreale, Duomo: "The Creator's Rest on the Seventh Day", O...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Southern side of capital W8; "William II the Emperor offering the Cathedral to the Virgin and Infant Jesus".

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral: view of the facade and the square in front.

Monreale Cathedral: view of the facade and the square in fr...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Southern side of capital W8; "William II the Emperor offering the Cathedral to the Virgin and Infant Jesus". In the background, the Southern side of the Cathedral, the flowerbeds and an olive tree.

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the cloister (XII century) and the Cathedral. In the foreground, the capital E 25.

Monreale, Duomo: view of the cloister (XII century) and the...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "God introduces Adam into the Earthly Paradise", Old Testament Cycle - The Earthly Paradise, Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "COLLOCAVIT DEUS ADAM IN PARADISE ".

Monreale, Duomo: "God introduces Adam into the Earthly Para...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Northern side of the capital E 1 (" The Magi's Journey and Adoration").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Rebecca orders her son Jacob to flee to Haram with his brother Laban", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Abraham, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "REBECCA DIXIT FILIO SUO JACOB FUGE AB LABAN FRATREM MEUM IN HARAM".

Monreale, Duomo: "Rebecca orders her son Jacob to flee to H...

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 Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery: view of the cloister (XII century).

Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery: vie...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Noah has the animals loaded onto the Ark". Old Testament Cycle - The Great Flood, Byzantine mosaics, 12th - 13th centuries.Latin inscription: "NOE PONI FECIT BESTIAS ET VOLUCRES IN ARCA".

Monreale, Duomo: "Noah has the animals loaded onto the Ark"...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet Daniel, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet Daniel, byzantine...

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 Monreale Cathedral: view of the facade and the square in front.

Monreale Cathedral: view of the facade and the square in fr...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Noah's Ark" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Noli Me Tangere" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Eastern side of capital N21 ("The Capture and Blinding of Samson").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of the mainland from the sea", Cycle of the Old Testament - The Creation, byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription: "CONGREGENTUR AQUÆ QUÆ SUB CÆLO SUNT IN LOCUM UNUM ET APPAREAT ARIDA".

Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of the mainland from the sea", C...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The Kiss of Judas" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: the Eastern side of the cloister (XII century) and the transept of the Cathedral.

Monreale, Duomo: the Eastern side of the cloister (XII cent...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Two Prophets: Daniel and Amos" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: Announcing Angel,  Byzantine mosaic with a golden background in the tympanum of the apse.  The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: Announcing Angel, Byzantine mosa...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Eastern side of the capital E20 (Cain and Abel making offers to God).

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Jesus Christ Immanuel, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Jesus Christ Immanuel, by...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the nave. The walls are decorated by byzantine mosaics.

Monreale, Duomo: view of the nave. The walls are decorated...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of the Sun and the Moon", Old Testament Cycle - Creation, byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription:"FIANT LUMINARIA IN FIRMAMENTO CÆLI".

Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of the Sun and the Moon", Old Te...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "St. Paul's beheading in Rome", Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII centuries in  the Northern transept.Latin inscription: "Decollatio Sancti Pauli".

Monreale, Duomo: "St. Paul's beheading in Rome", Byzantine...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Western side of capital N8 (While the soul of the poor man approaches heaven securely in the bosom of Abraham, the rich man must atone for his sins in the fires of Hell).Latin inscription:  O DIVES DIVES / NON MVLTO TEMPORE VIVES / FAC BENE DVM VI / VIS POST PORTEM VIVERE SI VIS.

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Isaac blesses Jacob", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Abraham, XII - XIII centuryLatin inscription: "HIC BENEDIXIT ISAAC IACOB FILIUM SUUM".

Monreale, Duomo: "Isaac blesses Jacob", Byzantine mosaic, O...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII century): the small Cloister and its fountain, perhaps an ancient Baptismal font.

Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IUDAEI TENTAMPTES ADDUCUNT AD IESUM MULIEREM IN ADULTERIO DEPREHENSAM" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery",...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The expulsion from the Earthly Paradise", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament Cycle - Earthly Paradise, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "HIC EXPULIT ADAM ET EVAM DE PARADISO DEUS ET POSUIT CHERUBINUM CUSTODEM CUM FLAMMEO GLADIO".

Monreale, Duomo: "The expulsion from the Earthly Paradise",...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Healing of ten leprous men", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS CUM INGREDERETUR QUODDAM CASTELLUM DECEM VIRI LEPROSI OCCURRERUNT EI QUOS UT VIDIT DIXITOSTENDITE VOS SACERDOTIBUS ET DUM IRET MUNDATI SUNT" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Healing of ten leprous men", Byzantine mo...

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 Monreale, Duomo: Corinthian capital, dating back to Roman age, between the Northern nave and the main one.

Monreale, Duomo: Corinthian capital, dating back to Roman a...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): a series of capitals and arches on the Northern side of the cloister. In the foreground, the Northern-Western side of capital N24 ("The Massacre of Innocents").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the nave and the  counterfaçade. The walls are decorated by byzantine mosaics (XII - XIII centuries).

Monreale, Duomo: view of the nave and the counterfaçade. T...

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 Cathedral of Monreale: the lower register of the northern wall of the nave, with stories of the Creation from the Old Testament -, Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century.

Cathedral of Monreale: the lower register of the northern w...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "St. Peter's crucifixion in Rome", Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII centuries in  the Southern transept.

Monreale, Duomo: "St. Peter's crucifixion in Rome", Byzanti...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The Resurrection at the Sepulchre" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, transept: the Byzantine mosaic which depicts King William II offering the Cathedral to the Virgin Mary. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, transept: the Byzantine mosaic which de...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: King Salomon, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: King Salomon, byzantine s...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century):  view of the cloister and, in the foreground, the Eastern side of capital N21 ("The Capture and Blinding of Samson").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Eastern side of capital W8;  "Allegory of Charity"Latin inscription: "DEUS CARITAS EST".

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, transept: the royal throne.

Monreale Cathedral, transept: the royal throne.

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Visitation" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint, byzantine school mosaic wi...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The Original Sin" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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Monreale, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Nuova, (Duomo), il sarcofago rinascimentale di Guglielmo II.

Monreale, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Nuova, (Duomo), il sarco...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the cloister and the cathedral with the bell tower. In the foreground, the Southern side of capital E24 (Resurrection of Christ and Descent to the limbo), XII century.

Monreale, Duomo: view of the cloister and the cathedral wit...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Lazarus' Resurrection" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus rescueing St. Peter from the waves ", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS SUPER MARE AMBULAT ET PETRUM MERGENS ALLEVAT" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus rescueing St. Peter from the waves...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Eastern side of the capital E 1 ("The Nativity").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Healing of two blind people", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS ILLUMINAT DUOS CÆCOS SECUM VIAM SEDENTES ET CLAMANTES DOMINE MISERERE NOSTRI" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Healing of two blind people", Byzantine m...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: wooden and gilded pastiglia reliquary box. It contained part of the mortal remains of St. Louis IX, and it was kept  inside the marble sarcophagus dedicated to the King of France for centuries and located in the right nave of the Cathedral of Monreale. The box, originally perhaps a wedding box or a wedding gift, was probably made by French workers of the thirteenth century. The work is decorated with female figures, plant elements and eagles, while the corners are marked by metal sections in gilded, embossed and chiseled copper, decorated with repeated geometric motifs.

Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: wooden and gilded past...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Abraham prostrates himself before the three angels", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Abraham, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "ABRAHAM ANGELOS HOSPITIO SUSCEPIT ET CUM TRES VIDERET UNUM ADORAVIT".

Monreale, Duomo: "Abraham prostrates himself before the thr...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing blind men and cripples", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS SANAT CÆCOS ET CLAUDOS" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing blind men and cripples", By...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "God orders Noah to build the Ark". Old Testament Cycle - The Great Flood, Byzantine mosaics, 12th - 13th centuries.Latin inscription:  "PRÆCEPIT DOMINUS AD NOE DICENS FAC TIBI ARCAM DE LIGNIS LEVIGATIS".

Monreale, Duomo: "God orders Noah to build the Ark". Old Te...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "God introduces Eve to Adam", byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII sec, on the counterfacade.Latin inscription: "ADDUCIT DOMINUS MULIEREM AD ADAM DIXITQUE ADAM HOC ENIM OS EX OSSIBUS MEIS ET CARO DE CARNE MEA".

Monreale, Duomo: "God introduces Eve to Adam", byzantine mo...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing the hunchbacked woman from her hump", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS MULIERUM ANNIS DECEM ET OCTO CURVAM ERIGIT ET ARCHI SYNAGOGUM INDIGNATAE INCREPAT" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing the hunchbacked woman from...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet Elijah, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet Elijah, byzantine...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Rebecca makes Abraham and his camels drink". Old Testament, Cycle of Abraham. , Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Abraham, XII - XIII century  Latin inscription: "REBECCA DAT POTUM SERVO ABRAMÆ ET CAMELIS SUIS".

Monreale, Duomo: "Rebecca makes Abraham and his camels drin...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus brings back to life the widow's son", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS FILIUM VIDUÆ RESUSCITAT EXTRA PORTAM CIVITATIS NAIM" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus brings back to life the widow's son...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Enthroned Christ" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint Nicholas, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint Nicholas, byzantine school...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet Samuel, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet Samuel, byzantine...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The offer of Cain and Abel", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament Cycle - Earthly Paradise, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "CAYM ET ABEL OFFERUNT DOMINO HOLOCAUSTA"

Monreale, Duomo: "The offer of Cain and Abel", Byzantine mo...

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 Monreale, Duomo, Episodes from the life of San Castrense, patron of Monreale: "Liberation of the possessed and rescue of stormy sailors ", Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century, on the counter-façade.Latin inscription:" CONSERVAT NAUTAS A DEMONIS ERIPIT IRE - QUAE PRIUS OBSEBSO DE CORPORE FECIT ABIRE ".

Monreale, Duomo, Episodes from the life of San Castrense, p...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): a series of capitales on the Eastern side of the cloister. At the centre,, the Southern side of capital E 20 ("Adam and Eve expelled from Paradise").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Two Prophets: Malachi and ..." (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Eastern side of capital N9 representing two armed soldiers and the fight between a man and a lion.

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Cain killing Abel" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Crucifixion" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Western side of capital N24 ("The Massacre of Innocents").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail of the arch with anthropomorphic figures and animals.

Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail of the arch with...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Adam rests in the Earthly Paradise", Old Testament Cycle - The Earthly Paradise, Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "REQUIEVIT ADAM IN PARADISO".

Monreale, Duomo: "Adam rests in the Earthly Paradise", Old...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The Cavalcade of Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Two Prophets: Isaiah and Hosea" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The drunkenness of Noah", Cycle of the Old Testament - The Great Flood, Byzantine mosaics, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "HIC OSTENDIT CAM VERENDA PATRIS EBRII FRATRIBUS".

Monreale, Duomo: "The drunkenness of Noah", Cycle of the Ol...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): series of twin columns and capitals on the Eastern side of the cloister. In the background, the bell tower of the Cathedral.

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Healing of the centurion's son", Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII centuries in  the Northern nave.

Monreale, Duomo: "Healing of the centurion's son", Byzantin...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Eastern side of the capital E 1 ("The Nativity").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of  the Day and the night", Old Testament Cycle - Creation, Byzantine mosaci, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription: "FECIT DOMINUS LUCEM, APPELLAVITQUE LUCEM DIEM ET TENEBRAS NOCTEM".

Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of the Day and the night", Old...

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 Cathedral of Monreale: view of the apse with the Byzantine mosaics executed between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, including the famous Christ Pantocrator; below the silver altar made in 1771, executed by the Roman silversmith Luigi Valadier on commission of the archbishop Francesco Testa. The six gilded silver statues represent Santa Rosalia, San Benedetto, San Paolo, San Pietro, San Castrense, San Luigi IX.

Cathedral of Monreale: view of the apse with the Byzantine...

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 Monreale Cathedral: "Madonna Odigitria" (Virgin and Child), also called "Madonna Bruna", by an unknown Southern painter; mid-13th century.

Monreale Cathedral: "Madonna Odigitria" (Virgin and Child),...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The Descent to the Limbo" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Southern side of capital W8; "William II the Emperor offering the Cathedral to the Virgin and Infant Jesus".

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Southern side of the capital E 13 ("The prophet Daniel among the lions").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Enthroned Madonna" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, transept: the Byzantine mosaic which depicts King William II offering the Cathedral to the Virgin Mary.  Detail.The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, transept: the Byzantine mosaic which de...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Eve and the tempting serpent", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Earthly Paradise, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription:  "NEQUAQUAM MORIEMINI SI COMEDOETIS ERITIS SICUT DII".

Monreale, Duomo: "Eve and the tempting serpent", Byzantine...

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Monreale, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Nuova, (Duomo), il sarcofago rinascimentale di Guglielmo II.

Monreale, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Nuova, (Duomo), il sarco...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: St Silvester and St. Thomas of Canterbury, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: St Silvester and St. Thomas of Ca...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Southern side of capital W20 (""Noah's sons at work in the vineyard and Noah pressing the grapes"). In the background the southern side of the Cathedral.

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Cathedral of Monreale: the lower register of the northern wall of the nave, with stories of the Creation from the Old Testament -, Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century.

Cathedral of Monreale: the lower register of the northern w...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail of the lateral frieze with anthropomorphic figures, animals and geometric mosaic motifs.

Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail of the lateral f...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Lamech kills Cain", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament Cycle - Earthly Paradise, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription:  "TRAHENS LAMECH ARCU SUO INTERFICIT CAYM""

Monreale, Duomo: "Lamech kills Cain", Byzantine mosaic, Old...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: Roman sarcophagus (III century), probably used as the first tomb of King William II. The scene represents a lion killing a donkey.

Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: Roman sarcophagus (III...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint Daniel, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint Daniel, byzantine school mo...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The original sin", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Earthly Paradise, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription: "MULIER SUGGESTIONI SERPENTIS TULIT DE FRUCTU ET COMEDIT DEDITQUE VIRO SUO".

Monreale, Duomo: "The original sin", Byzantine mosaic, Old...

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 Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII century): the small Cloister and its fountain, perhaps an ancient Baptismal font.

Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century):  the Northern side of the cloister. In the foreground, the Northern side of capital N23 ("Hunting scene with two hunters and birds").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The Expulsion from the Paradise" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: polygonal pyx in gilded and embossed silver, XVI century.

Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: polygonal pyx in gilde...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The submission of woman to man" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The construction of the Tower of Babel", Cycle of the Old Testament - The Great Flood, Byzantine mosaics, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "FILII NOE HEDIFICANTES TURRIM CONFUSI SUNT LINGUAE EORUM ET VOCATUM EST LOCUM ILLUD BABEL".

Monreale, Duomo: "The construction of the Tower of Babel",...

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 Monreale Cathedral, transept: the Byzantine mosaic which depicts King William II crowned by Christ.The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, transept: the Byzantine mosaic which de...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Abel is killed by Cain", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament Cycle - Earthly Paradise, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "INTERFECTUS ABEL A FRATRE SUO CAYM".

Monreale, Duomo: "Abel is killed by Cain", Byzantine mosaic...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Eastern side of capital N18 representing two people, birds and dragons.

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The Virgin Odigitria (Madonna and Child)", Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century, on the counter-facade.

Monreale, Duomo: "The Virgin Odigitria (Madonna and Child)"...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint or Theologian, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint or Theologian, byzantine sc...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing Simon's mother in law from fever", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS LIBERAT SOCRUM SIMONIS A MAGNIS FEBRIBUS" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing Simon's mother in law from...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: polygonal pyx in gilded and embossed silver, XVI century. Detail.

Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: polygonal pyx in gilde...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of the Sky and the Sea", Old Testament Cycle - Creation, byzantine moaic, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription:"FECIT FIRMAMENTUM IN MEDIO AQUARUM ET DIVIDAT AQUAS AB AQUIS".

Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of the Sky and the Sea", Old Tes...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Two Prophets: Micah and Joel" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Southern side of capital W8; "William II the Emperor offering the Cathedral to the Virgin and Infant Jesus".

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Northern side of capital N1 (Costantine and his mother Helen. At the centre, the Lorraine Cross, the real Cross).

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Eastern side of capital N8 ("Lazarus on his deathbed, from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus".Latin inscription: "O DIVES DIVES / NON MVLTO TEMPORE VIVES / FAC BENE DVM VI / VIS POST PORTEM VIVERE SI VIS."

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The Iniquity of Cain", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament Cycle - Earthly Paradise, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "DIXIT DEUS, CAYM, CAYM, SANGUIS FRATRIS TUI VOCAT ME DE TERRA".

Monreale, Duomo: "The Iniquity of Cain", Byzantine mosaic,...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Cain and Abel" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The Massacre of Innocents" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Two Prophets: Moses and Aaron" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Christ's Baptism" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Noah has the animals loaded onto the Ark". Old Testament Cycle - The Great Flood, Byzantine mosaics, 12th - 13th centuries.Latin inscription: "NOE PONI FECIT BESTIAS ET VOLUCRES IN ARCA".

Monreale, Duomo: "Noah has the animals loaded onto the Ark"...

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 Monreale, Duomo: The punishment of Sodom (Lot and the two angels), Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century, on the counter-façade.Latin inscription: "ANGELIS DIRIGUNT OCULOS CONTRA SODOMEN SODOMITÆ VALLAVERUNT DOMUM LOTH".

Monreale, Duomo: The punishment of Sodom (Lot and the two a...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The Miracle of the healing of the Possessed", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"OBTULERUNT AD IESUM HOMINEN MUTUM DÆMONIUM HABENTEM - IESUS SANAVIT ET EIECTO DAEMONE, LOCUTUS EST MUTUS" .

Monreale, Duomo: "The Miracle of the healing of the Possess...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Noah cultivating the Vineyard" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "St. Peter on the throne", Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII centuries in  the Southern transept.

Monreale, Duomo: "St. Peter on the throne", Byzantine mosai...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Presentation of Jesus at the Temple" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Abraham serves the table of the three angels", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Abraham, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "ABRAHAM MINISTRAT ANGELIS".

Monreale, Duomo: "Abraham serves the table of the three ang...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The Entrance into Jerusalem" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet GIdeon, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet GIdeon, byzantine...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The labours and the work of Adam and Eve", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament Cycle - Earthly Paradise, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription:  "ADAM CEPIT LABORARE TERRAM".

Monreale, Duomo: "The labours and the work of Adam and Eve"...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "St. Cassius and St Casto before the Emperor", Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century, on the counter-facade.

Monreale, Duomo: "St. Cassius and St Casto before the Emper...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The martyrdom of St. Cassius and St Casto - The destruction of the temple and the idol of Apollo", Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century, on the counter-facade.

Monreale, Duomo: "The martyrdom of St. Cassius and St Casto...

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 Monreale Cathedral, transept: the Byzantine mosaic which depicts King William II crowned by Christ. Detail with the portrait of William II.The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, transept: the Byzantine mosaic which de...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: Madonna enthroned and Infant Jesus among the archangels Michael and Gabriel; byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: Madonna enthroned and Infant Jesu...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Southern side of the capital E 18 ("Stories of Joseph, Jacob's son").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Eve's Motherhood" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: Roman sarcophagus (III century), probably used as the first tomb of King William II. The scene represents a lion killing a donkey.

Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: Roman sarcophagus (III...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The creation of Eve" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The Lord orders Abraham to sacrifice Isaac", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Abraham, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "PRÆCEPIT DEUS ABRAMÆ UT IMMOLET FILIUM SUUM".

Monreale, Duomo: "The Lord orders Abraham to sacrifice Isaa...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Christ's Temptation" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Eastern side of the capital E24 (Christ meeting the apostle Peter at the doors of Rome).

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Supper in Emmaus" (scene of the New Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: King David, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: King David, byzantine sch...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Sacrifice of Isaac (Stop, Abraham"), Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Abraham, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "ABRAHAM, ABRAHAM, NE EXTENDAS MANUM TUAM SUPER PUERUM".

Monreale, Duomo: "Sacrifice of Isaac (Stop, Abraham"), Byza...

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 Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery: view of the cloister (XII century).

Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery: vie...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Northern side of capital N24 ("The Massacre of Innocents").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: mosaic decoration with little palm tree motifs. This 12th century mosaic of Arab - Norman style, it is among the oldest and most intact ones of the cathedral.

Monreale, Duomo: mosaic decoration with little palm tree mo...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: wooden and gilded pastiglia reliquary box. It contained part of the mortal remains of St. Louis IX, and it was kept  inside the marble sarcophagus dedicated to the King of France for centuries and located in the right nave of the Cathedral of Monreale. The box, originally perhaps a wedding box or a wedding gift, was probably made by French workers of the thirteenth century. The work is decorated with female figures, plant elements and eagles, while the corners are marked by metal sections in gilded, embossed and chiseled copper, decorated with repeated geometric motifs.

Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: wooden and gilded past...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: wooden and gilded pastiglia reliquary box. It contained part of the mortal remains of St. Louis IX, and it was kept  inside the marble sarcophagus dedicated to the King of France for centuries and located in the right nave of the Cathedral of Monreale. The box, originally perhaps a wedding box or a wedding gift, was probably made by French workers of the thirteenth century. The work is decorated with female figures, plant elements and eagles, while the corners are marked by metal sections in gilded, embossed and chiseled copper, decorated with repeated geometric motifs.

Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: wooden and gilded past...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Southern side of capital W20 (""Noah's sons at work in the vineyard and Noah pressing the grapes").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Northern side of capital W8; "the Lamb of God between the allegories of Hope and Faith, personified by William II and Joan of England Plantagenet ".Latin inscription: "IC DNS MAGNVS LEO CRISTVS CERNITVR AGNVS".

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: Corinthian capital, dating back to Roman age, between the Northern nave and the main one.

Monreale, Duomo: Corinthian capital, dating back to Roman a...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting a grifo and a lion. The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the cloister, XII century. In the foreground, the Northern side of capital E24 ("The Pious Women at the sepulchre - The angel shows the empty sepulchre").

Monreale, Duomo: view of the cloister, XII century. In the...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Healing of the dropsical man", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS IN DOMO CUJUSDAM PRINCIPIS FARISEORUM SANAT YDROPICUM DIE SABATI"

Monreale, Duomo: "Healing of the dropsical man", Byzantine...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the bell tower of the cathedral. In the foreground, the Southern side of capital E24  of the cloister (Resurrection of Christ and descent to the limbo), XII century.

Monreale, Duomo: view of the bell tower of the cathedral. I...

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 Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail with anthropomorphic figures and animals.

Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail with anthropomor...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Northern side of the capital E 1 (" The Magi's Journey and Adoration").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Eastern side of capital N18 representing two people, birds and dragons.

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Abraham and three Angels" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet Naum?, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet Naum?, byzantine...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse:  the Christ Pantocrator; Byzantine mosaic.Christ is portrayed in a majestic and severe attitude,  in the act of blessing with the three fingers of his right hand, according to the use then remained in the Orthodox church.The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: the Christ Pantocrator; Byzantin...

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 Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail of the arch with anthropomorphic figures and animals.

Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail of the arch with...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet Eliseus, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apsidal arch: Prophet Eliseus, byzantin...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "The creation of Adam" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Jacob's dream", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Abraham, byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII centuryLatin inscription: "VIDIT JACOB SCALAM SUMMITAS EIUS CÆLOS TANGEBAT - EREXIT JACOB LAPIDEM IN TITULUM FUNDENS OLEUM DESUPER".

Monreale, Duomo: "Jacob's dream", Byzantine mosaic, Old Tes...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery: view of the cloister (XII century) with  a series of  arches and a flowerbed with an olive tree.

Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery: vie...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Lot's wife, trasformed into a salt statue, observes the destruction of Sodom in flames, while Lot and his daughters flee", Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century, on the counter-façade.Latin inscription: "SUBMERTIO SODOME - FUGIT LOTH CUM UXORE ET FILIABUS SUIS" .OMITÆ VALLAVERUNT DOMUM LOTH ".

Monreale, Duomo: "Lot's wife, trasformed into a salt statue...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The pact of the rainbow." Old Testament Cycle - The Great Flood, Byzantine mosaics, 12th - 13th centuriesLatin inscription: "DIXIT DOMINUS AD NOE, ARCUM MEUM PONAM IN NUBIBUS ET ERIT SIGNUM FŒDERIS INTER ME ET TERRAM ET NON ERUNT AMPLIUS DILUVII AD DELENDA UNIVERSAM CARNEM".

Monreale, Duomo: "The pact of the rainbow." Old Testament C...

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 Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail of the lateral frieze with anthropomorphic figures, animals and geometric mosaic motifs.

Cathedral of Monreale, main portal: detail of the lateral f...

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 Cathedral of Monreale: the lower register of the southern wall of the nave, with stories of Noah and the ark; Old Testament Cycle - Universal Flood, Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century

Cathedral of Monreale: the lower register of the southern w...

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 Monreale, Duomo: mosaic decoration with little palm tree motifs. This 12th century mosaic of Arab - Norman style, it is among the oldest and most intact ones of the cathedral.

Monreale, Duomo: mosaic decoration with little palm tree mo...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: decoration frieze representing a palm tree and two birds (a magpie and a parrot), byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: decoration frieze representing a...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Northern side of the capital E 18 ("Stories of Joseph, Jacob's son").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): a series of capitals and arches on the Northern side of the cloister. In the foreground, the Northern-Western side of capital N24 ("The Massacre of Innocents").

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII century): series of arches on the Eastern side of the cloister.

Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Healing of the Canaanite woman", Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII centuries in  the Southern nave.

Monreale, Duomo: "Healing of the Canaanite woman", Byzantin...

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 Monreale Cathedral, transept: the Byzantine mosaic which depicts King William II offering the Cathedral to the Virgin Mary.  Detail.The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, transept: the Byzantine mosaic which de...

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 Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII century): series of arches on the Eastern side of the cloister.

Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: decoration frieze, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: decoration frieze, byzantine scho...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of fish and birds", Old Testament Cycle - Creation, byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII sec.Latin inscription:"PRODUCANT AQUA REPTILE ANIMÆ VIVENTIS ET VOLATILE SUPER TERRAM SUB FIRMAMENTO CÆLI".

Monreale, Duomo: "Creation of fish and birds", Old Testamen...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Northern side of capital W8; "the Lamb of God between the allegories of Hope and Faith, personified by William II and Joan of England Plantagenet ".Latin inscription: "IC DNS MAGNVS LEO CRISTVS CERNITVR AGNVS".

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Noah has the animals loaded onto the Ark". Old Testament Cycle - The Great Flood, Byzantine mosaics, 12th - 13th centuries.Latin inscription: "NOE PONI FECIT BESTIAS ET VOLUCRES IN ARCA".

Monreale, Duomo: "Noah has the animals loaded onto the Ark"...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: chalice in coral, silver filigree and gilded copper, manufactured by the Trapani silversmith Francesco Iacono in the 18th century.

Monreale Cathedral, Diocesan Museum: chalice in coral, silv...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the nave. The walls are decorated by byzantine mosaics.

Monreale, Duomo: view of the nave. The walls are decorated...

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 Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII century): series of arches on the Eastern side of the cloister.

Monreale, Duomo, cloister of the Benedictine monastery (XII...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the  counterfaçade, decorated by byzantine mosaics (XII - XIII centuries).

Monreale, Duomo: view of the counterfaçade, decorated by b...

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 Monreale, Duomo: view of the transept and the Southern apse with St. Peter's stories. Byzantine mosaics, XII - XIII centuries.

Monreale, Duomo: view of the transept and the Southern apse...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "The Miracle of the Healing of the leprous man", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS SANAVIT LEPROSUM DICENTEM SIHI - DOMINE, SI VIS, POTES ME MUNDARE" .

Monreale, Duomo: "The Miracle of the Healing of the leprous...

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 Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus sectile with geometric motifs. For whatr concerns, the pavement of the cathedral, this sector is the best preserved, almost entirely original: a medieval work dating back to 1177-1183.

Monreale Cathedral, Northern transept: mosaic floor in opus...

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 Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): bronze tile depicting "Two Prophets: Ezekiel and Zechariah" (scene of the Old Testament).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral, the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6): br...

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 Monreale Cathedral: the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6).The gate is signed "Bonanno civis pisanus". It depicts five scenes of the Old Testament on the bronze tiles at the bottom, starting with Adam and Eve, and five scenes of the New Testament at the top tiles, ending in "Christ and Mary in the glory of Paradise".

Monreale Cathedral: the gate by Bonanno Pisano (1185-6).The...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Christ driving the Merchants from the Temple", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS EJECIT DE TEMPLO OVES ET BOVES ET MENSAS NUMMULARIORUM EVERTIT" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Christ driving the Merchants from the Tem...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Noah builds the Ark according to the mandate of God. Old Testament cycle - The Great Flood, Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century.Latin inscription: "NOE SECUNDUM DEI MANDATUM ARCAM FACIT OPERARE". "

Monreale, Duomo: "Noah builds the Ark according to the mand...

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 Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery (XII century): the Western side of capital W8; crowned and armed  man holding a sword in praise of the virtues of William II. "Allegory of Justice"Latin inscription: "IUSTITIA DOMINI".

Monreale, Duomo, the cloister of the Benedectine monastery...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: decoration frieze, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: decoration frieze, byzantine scho...

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 Cathedral of Monreale: the lower register of the southern wall of the nave, with stories of Noah and the ark; Old Testament Cycle - Universal Flood, Byzantine mosaic, XII - XIII century

Cathedral of Monreale: the lower register of the southern w...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing the hunchbacked woman from her hump", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Detail of standing people in the first picture  of the Northern nave.

Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus healing the hunchbacked woman from...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus brings back to life Jair's daughter", Byzantine mosaic, Episodes from the life of Christ, XII - XIII centuries. Latin inscription:"IESUS FILIAM JAYRI PRINCIPIS SYNAGOGÆ IN DOMO RESUSCITAT" .

Monreale, Duomo: "Jesus brings back to life Jair's daughter...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint Martin, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint Martin, byzantine school mo...

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 Monreale, Duomo: "Isaac and Esau", Byzantine mosaic, Old Testament cycle - Abraham, XII - XIII centuryLatin inscription: DIXIT ISAAC AD FILIUM SUUM ESAU - SUME ARMA TUA ET EGREDERE FORA CUMQUE VENATUM ALIQUOD APPREBENDES FACINDE PALMENTUM UT COMENDAM ET BENEDICAM TIBI ANTEQUAM MORIAR ".

Monreale, Duomo: "Isaac and Esau", Byzantine mosaic, Old Te...

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 Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint Matthew, byzantine school mosaic with a golden background. The mosaics of the Cathedral were made between the twelfth and mid-thirteenth century by partly local and partly Venetian workers, trained at the Byzantine school.

Monreale Cathedral, apse: Saint Matthew, byzantine school m...