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Cathedral of Palermo, Palermo, sicily

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History and teachings
The Cathedral of Palermo, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, stands on a first Christian basilica of the sixth century. Transformed into a mosque under Islamic domination, in 1072 it was returned to Christian worship under norman domination. It is a symbol of the so called Arab-Norman style dating from the era of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily.

In the first two chapels of the southern nave there are the tombs of the Norman-Swabian emperors and royals of Sicily: Constance II of Aragon, wife of Frederick II; Henry VI; Frederick II; Peter II of Aragon; Roger II.

Cross-cultural dimensions
The Cathedral is on of the symbol of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily and its Arab-Norman style. It is characterised by a mixture of shapes and styles, that derives from the different and multiple populations that, over the centuries, have alternated in the Sicilian area. It is the result of the combination of different architectural and artistic traditions: Byzantine, Islamic and Western, whose fusion has given life to a unique style, testimony to the fruitful coexistence of people of different origins.

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recommended for all; general; doesn’t require prior knowledge; accessible; affordable

Located in Palermo, accessible by foot and public transportation. The interior of the Cathedral for tourist visits is structured in two areas, the first with free admission and the second called “Monumental Area” with ticket access. Tours available in languages; accessibility for desabled, safety measures covered.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Critical thinking; Global citizenship, tolerance, openness, respect fordiversity, intercultural understanding; historical, artistic and religion knowledge, the importance of the religion in the community and awareness about art and architecture

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