The Palazzo dei Normanni, the palace in Palermo, Italy, was the seat of the Kings of Sicily. The construction of the palace was started in the 9th century by the Emir of Palermo and extended in the 12th century by Roger II and other Norman kings. The fortress was rebuilt by the Arabs in the Ninth Century and was known by the Arabic name, Càssaro (which now refers to an area of Palermo). An ancient Punic-Roman stronghold on the site became foundations for the new castle. The Normans, under Roger II embellished it, rendering the then four towered castle the … Continue reading