Capitals in Sicily

Beautiful capital in the Monreale Cathedral

Sicily

Capital in the Monreale cathedral.

Monreale - the Benedictine Cloister

The Benedictine Cloister was completed c. 1200. It measures 47x47 metres and is located on the south side of the cathedral. Each side has 26 arches resting on columns. The splendid capitals include narrative cycles from the Old and New Testaments.

Capitals in the Benedictine Cloister, Monreale

Capital, the Benedictine Cloister, Monreale

The capitals in the cloister of the abbey of Monreale were carved from white marble, but over time has acquired a thick, sandstone patina that covers them almost entirely.

 

Restoration work: Benedictine Cloister at Monreale (Chiostro dei Benedettini)

The Benedictine Cloister at Monreale (Chiostro dei Benedettini) was completed c. 1200. Each side has 26 arches resting on columns. The splendid capitals include narrative cycles from the Old and New Testaments. Here one of the capitals is being restored.

 

 

Capital, the Benedictine Cloister, Monreale

Adam and Eve are shown naked next to the Tree of Knowledge. Eve reaches for the forbidden fruit.

 

Capital, the Benedictine Cloister, Monreale

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Capital, the Benedictine Cloister, Monreale

Mary visits Elizabeth.

Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1, 39-45New King James Version)

 

Capital, the Benedictine Cloister, Monreale

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Capital, the Benedictine Cloister, Monreale

 

 

San Cataldo

Sicily

One of the surviving capitals in San Cataldo. The capitals in San Cataldo are all different.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

Twin columns in the beautiful cloister garden (13th century) at San Giovanni degli Eremiti.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

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).

Palermo

Norman Cathedrals