September 22, 2013 Sunday
Our last day in Palermo and Rick, Monica, and I decided to walk to the Palermo Cathedral that we had passed on the bus. This stunning landmark is one of Sicily’s many buildings which portray mixes of different architectural styles. Due to rebuilding many times, the Duomo features designs of Norman, Gothic, Byzantine, Arab, Swabian (from Germany), romanesque, and baroque influence.
The original cathedral was built in the twelfth century over the site of a Christian basilica, and then later, a mosque. The baroque-style cupola was added in the late 1700’s.
The interior was impressive, and it was fortunate that we arrived before Mass started or I would not be able to take photos during a service.
I particularly liked the paintings on the arched ceilings over the front altar.
The side altars were elaborate with marble in every color, like many churches in Italy.
Confessionals made from wood line the sides of the church. These always impress me in that they are separate pieces of furniture and immense.
For much more detail about this Palermo Cathedral, also known as Saint Mary of the Assumption, Best of Sicily has a wonderful article.