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The Palazzo dei Normanni
Sembrerebbe l’ atrio interno di palazzo dei Normanni, antica residenza dei Re Norvegesi Vichingi oggi sede del governo regionale (It seems to me the Inner Patio of Norman’s Palace, ancient Norvegian king’s residence, nowaday occupied by local Sicilian government)
Palazzo Normani-NOT TO BE MISSED
Palazzo Normani is one of the great symbols of the city of Palermo. Currently, it is the seat of the Sicilian Regional Government. The place is famous for being home of The Capella Palantina. The Capellla is an Arab-Norman-Byzantine masterpiece. It portrays the life of the early Christians, in the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible. As a Christian, I found it very interesting to somewhat follow my religion in its early roots. In the cappella, this is very easy to do. I felt somwhat belittled by this experience. You are just in total wonder and awe at the rich history of the capella, and the beauty of the great mosaics, which seem to glimmer in the light. You can spend hours and hours, just looking at every mosaic. Oh and if you really pay attention to detail-you may be there for the whole day. Sadly, there are no beds or cotts located in the capella; however this palazzo is home to the regional government in Italy's largest region georgraphically. My tip is to see the WHOLE palazzo, NOT JUST THE CAPELLA PALANTINA, and be sure to take a tour around its magnificent interior. You will be amazed by the long, and great history of the place. Palermo is a magnificent city, you MUST be sure to see one of its great and enduring landmarks! The Palazzo Normani is a great way to really get to know the city of Palermo, and a little bit of the region of Sicily.
Palazzo dei Normanni & Cappella Palatina
The chapel is part of the palace. Both were begun by the Saracens in the 9C and remodelled, expanded and finished by Roger when he became King in 1130. Originally there was a complex of buildings which he fused over time. The Spanish touched it up too. Even General Patton enjoyed living in it in WW II. The mosaic work is of 1140 like at the Matorana. (Monreale mosaics are from the 1180's). Others on the side walls of the nave are 13C. The display is overwhelming but more compact than Monreale. This is the pulpit seen as you enter and to its right a stupendous carved candlestick. Do not walk by it and miss it, as you are swept away by the rest. The colorful display prompted us to make a Travelog from the numerous pictures
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Palazzo dei Normanni
It´s not the palace itself you come here for, but the mosaics in the Capella Palatina. Once inside, you will see the walls and ceiling covered with breathtaking mosaics, only rivaled on this island by the mosaics in Monreale. Take your time to see everything and don´t let yourself be sent away by the guards who seem to be a little edgy now and then.
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Palazzo dei Normanni
This Norman Castle or "Zisa Castle" was completed by William II during the 12th century, and is considered one of the most magnificent Arab-Norman structures in the world
The palace currently plays...
The palace currently plays host to the regional parliament. For this reason, there's pretty heavy security and much of it is closed to visitors.
The Norman Palace, which also...
The Norman Palace, which also contains the famous, richly decorated Capella Palatina. This is the Porta Nuova, through which the road passes under the palace.
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