|Tita, our guide and protectress!|
It was a marathon, but at a sprint. We toured a large part of Palermo and visited the cathedral in Monreale, with our guide Tita leading the way.
First stop, the Norman Palace and
|La Martorana, Palermo|
At the fountain we discovered that La Martorana, around the corner from the fountain, and long closed for restoration, had finally reopened, so we paid a visit to King Roger II (the first Norman king of Sicily). In this famous mosaic, he is being crowned by Christ, not the Pope. A close up reveals an odd blend of Latin with Greek letters (Ρογέρος Ρηξ).
The North African elements on the outside of the apse of the cathedral are hard to miss.
Noah figures large in the golden mosaics of Monreale, as in this depiction of his covenant with God.
At the top, God is separating the waters, earth, and heavens.
Adjacent to the cathedral are cloisters, almost lovely enough to draw you to the monastic life—almost!