This most important church of Palermo was built somewhere in the 6th century under Pope Gregory I. Three centuries later the Arabs came and changed it into a mosque including a madrassa (school), a library and a bathhouse. In the 1185 Anglo – Norman Archbishop converted this to a church again. The periods and rulers that followed have defined the style of the cathedral as it is now. It is a mix of different styles from Gothic columns, Arabs untill Norman architecture.
When I first saw it, it looked more like a fort than a church to me.
The official name of this cathedral is Cattedrale della Santa Vergine Maria Assunta. It is situated on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Let’s see the interior. It is richly decorated as how churches are in Italy. The ceilings are beautifully ornated with biblical scenes, the columns boast refined details. There are also relics present from the Saints, tombs of some church dignitaries.
What I love about Cathedrals is how the light falls inside, accentuating the details and giving the serene atmosphere. When I was there it was sunny outside but this marble fountain corner beheld its charm.
Then this is the facade from both sides. I set my camera’s aperture almost on max letting as much light as it could.
When photographing inside the cathedral I tried to remind myself that this is a church. I didn’t want to be intrusive as there were people present who were praying.
Palermo Cathedral is free entry for the church interior only. Visitors pay a certain fee for the museum and dome.