Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Reference 1487
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2015 (39th Session)

Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale is a series of nine religious and civic structures located on the northern coast of Sicily dating from the era of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily (1130-1194): two palaces, three churches, a cathedral, a bridge are in Palermo, as well as the cathedrals of Cefalú and Monreale.

The new Norman rulers started to build various constructions in what is called the Arab-Norman style. They incorporated the best practices of Arab and Byzantine architecture into their own art.[1]


Building City Photo
Royal Palace or Palace of the Normans Palermo Normandiarren gaztelua.jpg
Palatine Chapel of the Royal Palace Palermo 2008-10-19 Palermo-Capella-Seitenschiff.jpg
La Zisa Palermo Palermo-Zisa-bjs2007-03.jpg
Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary Palermo Palermo-katedrala-santa-vergine-maria-assunta-w-317.jpg
Church of Saint John of the Hermits Palermo S Giovanni degli Eremiti - top view-1.jpg
Church of the Martorana Palermo Martorana 1.JPG
Church of Saint Cataldo Palermo Palermo-San-Cataldo-bjs-1.jpg
Admiral's Bridge Palermo Palermo-Ponte-Ammiraglio-bjs2007-01.jpg
Duomo Cefalù Christ Pantokrator, Cathedral of Cefalù, Sicily.jpg
Duomo Monreale Sicilia Monreale2 tango7174.jpg


  1. ”Le genie architectural des Normands a su s’adapter aux lieux en prenant ce qu’il y a de meilleur dans le savoir-faire des batisseurs arabes et byzantins”, Les Normands en Sicile, p.14