A Norman church refurbished many times in other periods. It looks baroque outside but once you get in you'll find the most stunning and precious bizantine mosaics of the Norman period. This church is a must see in Palermo, together with the other two in the same piazza!
The Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, founded around 1140, was born as a private chapel dedicated to the Virgin and is the symbol of the purity of the Orthodox Byzantine genius. The Norman period plant is characterized by a Greek cross plan inscribed in a square and surmounted by a dome in the…
“Il teatro massimo Vittorio Emanuele di Palermo è il più grande edificio teatrale lirico d'Italia, e uno dei più grandi d'Europa, terzo per ordine di grandezza architettonica dopo l'Opéra National di Parigi e la Staatsoper di Vienna. ENGLISH LINGUAGE The Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele in Palermo is the largest lyrical theater building in Italy, and one of the largest in Europe, third by architectural order after the Opéra National in Paris and the Vienna State Opera.”
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“The Royal Palace of Palermo (11th-12th centuries) is the main monument to represent the wealth and political and cultural power of the Norman kingdom, a model of Arab-Norman architecture. An ancient Islamic Castrum erected on pre-existing Punic origins, from 1072 it became the residence of the Norman sovereigns. Its Torre Pisana (second quarter of the 12th century) is a unique example of a fortified tower, similar to those of the Norman donjon, whose plan is similar to ifriqeni Islamic models. La Joharia (mid-12th century) includes Sala dei Venti and Sala di Ruggero. The Sala dei Venti, or of the four columns, derives its architecture from the durqa'a, the inner courtyard of the Islamic ifriqeni and Fatimid palaces. It is preserved intact and is in fact one of the best preserved examples of this architectural typology in the medieval Mediterranean. Sala di Ruggero is characterized by impressive mosaics that cover the walls and the cross vault with profane, hunting and paradisiac scenes. The mosaics of Stanza di Ruggero, together with the fragments preserved in the Pisan Tower and the mosaic panel of Sala della Fontana in Palazzo della Zisa, are rare examples of profane decorations, distinguished by the significant presence of figurative elements derived from Islamic and Sassanid culture.. A widespread genre in the Byzantine courtly world of which today there are no traces except in historical sources.”
“Is the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily situated on the first floor at the center of the Palazzo Reale”
“Another must see in Palermo, a Norman church, next to the luxuriant church Martorana, this is smaller and very simple, because it does not contain mosaics (as it was unfinished) and it was the private chapel of a private palazzo. What is particularly valuable here is the floor. But the outside architecture is very beautiful and so typical of Palermo, with its pink, 'arabic' domes, also found in other Norman churches in Palermo and Sicily. They are due to the strong tardition of the arabic population, and in particular, their builders, overcome, but not underestimated when it came to building and other cultural fields, by the Normans.”