Fodor's Expert Review La Martorana

Palermo Religious Building/Site/Shrine Fodor's Choice

One piazza over from the dancing nymphs of Fontana Pretoria, this church, with its elegant Norman campanile, was erected in 1143 but had its interior altered considerably during the Baroque period. High along the western wall, however, is some of the oldest and best-preserved mosaic artwork of the Norman period. Near the entrance is an interesting mosaic of King Roger II being crowned by Christ. In it Roger is dressed in a bejeweled Byzantine stole, reflecting the Norman court's penchant for all things Byzantine. Archangels along the ceiling wear the same stole wrapped around their shoulders and arms. The much plainer San Cataldo is next door.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Fodor's Choice Silversea Cruise

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Piazza Bellini 3
Palermo, Sicily  90133, Italy


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Rate Includes: €2, Closed Sun. after 10:30 am and Mon.–Sat. 1:30–3:30

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