Thursday, February 12, 2015

Aug 2013: A fascinating Arabic Style Norman Church in Palermo

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the day dawned brilliantly and we decided to go check out Palermo…and here’s the desk at the hotel..lovely secretarial desk with pc’s…bit incongruous.

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decided to take the train..some of the views from the station…

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we didnt find any places to sit, it was very crowded, but the trip was only about 40minutes so not too bad.

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there’s a lovely square in front of the train station. 

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with a beautiful building for the train station…

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We walked down the Via Maqueda to the church was dusty architecture. I so wished you could take a hose to it.

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lovely place

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loads of traffic through.

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massive clunky stuff

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oh hello…not very happy here are we?

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strangely enough, loads of bengali’s here…

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some skulls lined up there…

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bit of graffiti protesting against austerity

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lots of horse drawn carriages…

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and we reach the Chiesa di San Cataldo

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its a fascinating church of Arabian and Normal architectural mixes.

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with domes on top. The church was built around 1100 AD.

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its still under restoration.

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lovely lovely stone filigree windows. 

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this side door was closed, so we went around the back

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nice waste basket

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a lovely plaque

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the view of the 3 domes is wonderful from inside. truly brilliant.

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the Norman influence can be seen in the columns..

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the little alcoves are so cute.

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more plaques

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the cross

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the most fantastic mosaic on the floor, and this chap was fixing them… 

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I just cannot get over the beautiful domed roof.

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the pews

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the columns look Corinthian at first blush but the carvings are very intricate, almost arabesque in nature. 


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…this is such an amazing church, loved it. the stern forbidding Norman walls with the beautiful flowing Arabic curves and domes…exquisite…

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