"Cathedral interior 5. The lower walls" Monreale Things to Do Tip by hquittner

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  The more modern lower walls
by hquittner

When the original decorators reached the lower walls of the aisles they stopped. To continue with mosaics would dull the impact of what they had done, or more likely (it was now about 1250) the hereditary sequence of rich interested regal sponsors had expired. But there are decorations today! Tastefully done in the 19C : a tracery of oriental arcades and pillars are embedded in flat marble plates with appropriate vertical bands, frames and decorative freizes, all heavily saturated with golden tiles which do not appear gaudy and are a clever backdrop to the mosaic stories and recent church accretions. These we did not study ,nor did we visit the 3 chapels or Treasury. The day was not over, our eyes were tired!.

Directions: Lateral walls of the Cathedral and chapels etc.

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  • Written May 11, 2005
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