"The 800-pound gorilla among..." Out of Palermo - Monreale Tip by ucbwalker

Out of Palermo - Monreale, Palermo: 18 reviews and 33 photos


The 800-pound gorilla among Palermo's sights is Monreale, an enormous Norman cathedral atop a hill overlooking the city. Its interior contains more than 500 square meters of gorgeous mosaics, depicting critical episodes from the Old and New Testaments with great narrative power. Unless you're familiar with your Bible stories, I recommend tracking down a guide to the cathedral before you go in so you can follow the events in the mosaic cycles. This is the mosaic of the destruction of Sodom.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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