Palermo, located on the northwest coast of Sicily, is one of the most beautiful and important cities of the island. The World Heritage site includes a series of religious and civil structures such as the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale, dating back to the Norman Kingdom on the island (1130-1194).
The Kingdom of the Normans in Sicily in the 12th century was characterized by an exceptional convergence between the cultures that coexisted on the island, that is the Western, the Islamic and the Byzantine cultures, which gave rise to new concepts of space in art and architecture. and decoration. This exchange between cultures generated a unique combination of elements deriving from the different techniques, a new extraordinary stylistic syntax that merged Byzantine, Muslim and Roman elements and which contributed to the development of culture throughout the Mediterranean area.
The site, therefore, is the extraordinary testimony of the particular political and cultural condition experienced by Sicily in that period and characterized by a fruitful cohabitation of people of different origins and different religions (Muslims, Byzantines, Latinos, Jews, Lombards and French) who favored the interchange of human values and the blossoming of a lively season of cultural syncretism.
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