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Arab Influences

Below is an illustrated index of the 2 Arab Influences profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Cappella Palatina
    Palermo, Italy
    Located within the Norman Palace, the Palatine Chapel is the finest example of Arab-Norman art in Palermo. Built by Roger II from 1130 to 1140, it is adorned with extraordinary Byzantine mosaics.
  • La Cataldo
    Palermo, Italy
    Characterized by its striking red domes, this little Norman church was founded by Maio of Bari, chancellor to William I, in 1154. The interior was never finished, and has an austere medieval feel.