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When finished with the glorious inside of the Duomo Monreale (see my review on it), take a tour around this vast Cathedral from outside. On the back side you'll spot different architectural style, belonging to the Arabs. What a great and harmonius mixture.
Sometimes visitors to the Monreale Cathedral miss the exterior of the building and the external apses should not be missed! What a magnificent blend of Arab, Byzantine, French and Norman architecture! Totally graceful without being even slightly eclectic... Enjoy the apses from the outside and...More
Once you have visited the interior of the Cathedral and its adjoining cloister, walk to the back of the monument to admire the sculptures of the abside. The sanctuary was clearly a mix of Norman, Byzantine and Arab styles, which give a conspicuous style to...More
The cathedral has many details, too many to list. The apses, are impressive both outside and inside. On the outside, the design is clearly arab, another interesting style mix. Inside it is pure magic. Christ Pantocrator fills the central apse with virgin and child below....More