European Adventures: Palermo

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Hello! This post is all about Palermo, the last day trip we have before we get off at our final destination (Civitavecchia).

Palermo is the regional capital of Sicily, located in the southern part of Italy. We only had half day to get around the city, so we weren’t able to see many sights.

For millennia at the crossroads of civilisations, Palermo delivers a heady, heavily spiced mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas. This is a city at the edge of Europe and at the centre of the ancient world, a place where souk-like markets rub against baroque churches, where date palms frame Gothic palaces and where the blue-eyed and fair have bronze-skinned cousins.

Here are some photos:

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Cattedrale di Monreale
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Cattedrale di Monreale

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Palermo’s cathedral presents to the visitor a diversity and mixture of architectural styles unique in the world for a church of this strikingly vast scale: Arab, Norman,Byzantine, Swabian, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque. It’s all here, in one grand, inspiring setting, complete with soaring medieval spires. This is the world’s most eclectic ecclesiastical architecture.

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The highlight of our day trip was definitely the Palermo Cathedral. It was a massive structure and needless to say, I was in awe.

Read my other posts about our European adventures:

 

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