MONREALE ON YOUR OWN
Meet us and the rest of the group at the Meeting Point and departure for Monreale. Monreale Dome façade is decorated by a blind arch pattern, now partially hidden by a portico, made in the eighteenth century. A large bronze door from 1186 opens up underneath it, which was made by Bonanno Pisano.
Along the left side there is another long portico, a sixteenth-century work by Gian Domenico and Fazio Gagini, and finally there are the three large apses that are still intact and feature magnificent limestone and lava stone decoration.
Then, the interior of the Dome still retains the appearance it had in the twelfth century (apart from the wooden ceiling, which was rebuilt after a fire in 1811). The layout is basilican with a very vast surface: 102 m long by 40 wide. The walls are almost entirely covered with a golden mosaic measuring a total of 6340 square metres. The general level of these decorations, both in terms of design and execution, is surprisingly high. The execution was entrusted to Byzantine workers and the iconography is actually Greek.
However, the relaxed attitudes of the characters, their softly draped robes and the rhythm of their movements reveal a clear evolution of the style compared to that of the Cappella Palatina and the Martorana, one which is typically Italian. In fact, at the end of the twelfth century, Italian artists were considered the best at iconographic art. The mosaic cycle develops the concept of the triumph of Christianity in three different moments, depicting: events prior to the Incarnation (Old Testament); episodes from the life of Jesus (Gospel); events subsequent to the death of Christ and the life of the Apostles (Gospel and Acts of the Apostles).
It’s huge set is dominated by a gigantic Cristo Pantocratore (the right hand alone is two metres long) in the main apse, which represents the summary and purpose of the whole complex figuration.
Benedictine Cloister, which also dates back to the time of William II, was part of a Benedictine abbey adjacent to the cathedral. It is a square measuring 47 x 47 m, the layout style of which undoubtedly belongs to the Christian area, and whose general tone refers to the spirit and atmosphere of the Muslim arcaded courtyards. The arches that delimit the lush garden are supported by 228 paired columns, all lavishly decorated and with capitals inlaid with plant, animal and fantastical motifs. The 19th capital of the western line is of particular interest, as William II is depicted offering the cathedral to the Madonna. In the south corner, in a small square enclosure, there is a delightful fountain, whose crystalline water flows from an inlaid column.
As per Booking Box
Upon arrival in Monreale we do recommend an independent visit to the Dome and the Benedictine cloister of Monreale which are part of the Arab-Norman Palermo route and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
PRICE DOES INCLUDE:
-Air Conditioned shuttle
-Regular Day Tour
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
-Meals and beverages
-Guided visit of Monreale
-Admission fees payable on the spot at the ticket office
KEEPING YOU SAFE DURING COVID-19:
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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