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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, 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: "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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 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, 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, 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 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, 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: "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: "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: "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, 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 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, 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 "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 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 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, 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, 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: "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, 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 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, 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: "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, 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, 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,...