Monreale


Monreale stands on the slopes of Mount Caputo in a landscape of exceptional beauty. Its history is tied closely to that of Palermo, with which it forms a single urban area, and the very famous cathedral, a masterpiece of Arab-Norman art which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

    It is precisely around the Cathedral of Monreale that the town developed in the 13th century. The Normans withdrew here to rest from the drudgery of war and here that the Norman king William II called The Good decided to settle and build a temple after the appearance of the Madonna in a dream. Today it is a work of priceless beauty and historic-cultural value for its magnificent sumptuous mosaics of Byzantine origin. The Palermo Arab-Norman site and the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale have been declared World Heritage by Unesco.

    Mosaic art is still alive in Monreale and together with ceramics and terracotta, wickerwork and fabrics it represents the highest expression of local craft. The beautiful workshops too add colour to the streets of the town centre.

    As regards cuisine the town offers a number of specialities such as Pane di Monreale, made from wheat flour and U prunu ri Murriali (Sanacore Plum) typical of the area of Monreale.

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    What to see


    Collegio di Maria

    Collegio di Maria

    Church of Santa Rosalia

    Church of Santa Rosalia

    Church of Santa Maria degli Agonizzanti

    Church of Santa Maria degli Agonizzanti

    Church of Santa Ciriaca

    Church of Santa Ciriaca

    Church of San Castrense

    Church of San Castrense

    Church of the Santissima Trinità

    Church of the Santissima Trinità

    Collegiate Church

    Collegiate Church

    Church of Odigitria

    Church of Odigitria

    Church of Sant'Agata del Monte

    Church of Sant'Agata del Monte

    Church of the Carmine and convent

    Church of the Carmine and convent

    Castellaccio

    Castellaccio

    Monreale Cathedral

    Monreale Cathedral

    Church of the Madonna delle Croci

    Church of the Madonna delle Croci


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