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An opera house and company located on the Piazza Verdi in Palermo, Sicily, The Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele was dedicated to King Victor Emanuel II. One of the biggest opera houses in Italy and the third largest in Europe, it provides its visitors the pleasure of feeling the bliss of divine music. The Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele’s exquisite façade is in the high neoclassical style. Elements of the Greek temples at Selinunte and Agrigento can be witnessed here and there. A grand evidence of the splendor of ancient and classical Sicilian architecture, the auditorium was originally designed to seat 3,000 … Continue reading

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The Palatine Chapel is a beautiful example of art, elegance and a perfect blend of various architectural styles. This royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily stands on the ground floor at the center of the Palazzo Reale in Palermo, southern Italy. Roger II of Sicily, who started the construction of this chapel in 1132, took eight years to build this structure and even more to complete its decoration with mosaics and fine art. As a perfect example of Byzantine architecture, the chapel has three apses with six pointed arches (three on each side of the central nave) resting … Continue reading

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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

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The Cathedral of Palermo is a remarkable blend of history, celebrates different architectural styles owing to various stages of construction and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. This grand structure was built in 1185 by archbishop Gualtiero Offamilio. The right side of the building, with advanced features turrets and a large porch in Gothic-Catalan (current access), built around 1465, overlooks the square. The portal of this entrance is a magnificent work of Antonio Gambara, executed in 1426, while the beautiful wooden doors are of Miranda (1432). The Lady in the mosaic is of the … Continue reading

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Palermo as a historic city in Southern Italy has a huge architectural heritage and is being known for its Norman buildings. More, city is known for its rich cultural heritage including the history, culture, architecture and gastronomy. Some of the most noted buildings and sites of architectural excellence in Palermo lies at: • Palermo Cathedral: It is the city’s primary cathedral and main church. It is revered as city’s primary cathedral and main church. It is there featured by the presence of various architectural styles. It had undergone through out its existence under long history of additions, alterations and restoration … Continue reading