Cathedral, Palermo

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    by Bgem
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    by SirRichard
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    There is so much to see in...

    by Bgem Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: There is so much to see in Palermo, so it is better you first get yourself a guide book. But you must absolutely see the Cathedral Of Palermo. Opposite the gate to the main entrance there is a wooden door, if you look closely you will see what remains of the handle of a sword. Keep checking for update of this curios story.

    Fondest memory: I am not too far from this beautiful city and miss the Saturday afternoon walks there to see the people young and old as they come out to be entertained in the principal square by a band or a visiting group. Palermo comes alive at night and is a wonder to behold.

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    THE CATHEDRALCorso Vittorio...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: THE CATHEDRAL
    Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle.
    Some history: During the Norman domination, in 1184 the archbishop of Palermo Walter Offamilio started the construction of a splendid cathedral to replace the Muslim mosque with a Christian church. Over the centuries the additions and restorations modified the original building: the most radical change was made by Ferdinando Fuga in 1771 and in 1809. He was an architect from Florence and gave to the interior of the church a neoclassical aspect.
    Visiting the Cathedral it is important to observe: the XIV century portal with bronze doors, the long right side is decorated with a scenic portico in Catalan-Gothic style from the XV century, under which there is a highly decorated portal by Antonio Gambarra in 1426, the apses kept their original form of the XII century.

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