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Monreale Cathedrallocked

  • Martin Kauffmann
  •  and Carl D. Sheppard


Cathedral in Sicily that contains the largest surviving ensemble of mosaic decoration in Italy.

It was formerly a Benedictine monastery. The foundation of the monastic house of S Maria Nuova by King William II of Sicily (seeHauteville, House of family, §2) marked the climax of Norman ecclesiastical and artistic patronage on the island. The site chosen was on a hill overlooking Palermo. By a papal bull of ...

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