The Palermo Cathedral (duomo)


Palermo Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral is characterized by different architectural styles, due to a long history of additions, alterations and restorations. It was erected in 1185 by Walter Ophamil (aka Gualtiero Offamiglio and Walter of the Mill), the Anglo-Norman archbishop of Palermo and King William II's minister.

The cathedral in the center of Palermo – not to be confused with the Monreale Cathedral – was built on the site of an older basilica (used as a mosque in the 9th century).



Santa Rosalia, Palermo Cathedral

Statue of Santa Rosalia outside the Duomo in Palermo. Santa Rosalia is the patron saint of Palermo.


Palermo Cathedral

The splendid cathedral.


Detail of a (restored) canopied stoup (attributed to Domenico Gagini).

Detail of a (restored) canopied stoup attributed to Domenico Gagini (1420-92).



stoup, Palermo Cathedral

A (restored) canopied stoup (attributed to Domenico Gagini).



UNESCO’s World Heritage List

Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale (Italy) - new on the list (2015)

Located on the northern coast of Sicily, Arab-Norman Palermo includes a series of nine civil and religious structures dating from the era of the Norman kingdom of Sicily (1130-1194): two palaces, three churches, a cathedral, a bridge, as well as the cathedrals of Cefalú and Monreale. Collectively, they are an example of a social-cultural syncretism between Western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures on the island which gave rise to new concepts of space, structure and decoration. They also bear testimony to the fruitful coexistence of people of different origins and religions (Muslim, Byzantine, Latin, Jewish, Lombard and French).


Norman Cathedrals



The Cathedral in Palermo

The Cathedral in Palermo was founded in 1185 by Walter of the Mill (Gualtiero Offamiglio), an Englishman who came to Palermo as tutor to the young William II and later became archbishop of Palermo. Walter of the Mill accumulated such a powerful following that the king responded by creating a new city at Monreale.


Palermo Cathedral, Sicily

Tourist taking pictures of the cathedral in Palermo (not to be mixed with the Monreale cathedral).


Palermo Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral.


Statue of Saint Francis of Paola (1416–1507) behind the cathedral in Palermo.



William II, Duke of Athens’ tomb in the Palermo cathedral.

William II, Duke of Athens (d. 22 August 1338), son of Frederick II of Aragon. In 1337, his father willed him the Principality of Taranto, the county of Calatafimi, the honour of Monte Sant'Angelo, and various castles and lands in Noto, Spaccaforno, Capo Passero, and Avola when his mother, Eleanor, daughter of Charles II of Naples, died. She died in 1341, but William died first on 22 August 1338. He left his library to the Dominicans of Palermo.








Palermo (main page)

The Abatellis Museum, Palermo

Palermo Cathedral

The Church of the Gesù (Casa professa)

Fontana Pretoria

La Cuba

La Zisa

La Martorana

The Monreale Cathedral

The Monreale Cloister

The Museum of the Inquisition

Norman Palace

Cappella Palatina

Orto Botanico

Ponte dell’Ammiraglio

Quattro Canti

San Cataldo

San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi

San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Santa Maria della Catena

Santa Maria dello Spasimo

Street art

Bagheria: Villa Palagonia