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Cathedral of Cefalù and La Rocca

Towering above the Duomo and the town centre is the massive crag called La Rocca.

 

Cefalù Cathedral is one of nine structures included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale.

 

The cathedral of Cefalù was started in 1131 (and consecrated only in 1267) in a Norman Romanesque style which shows distinctly Gothic influences.

 

"The soaring façade is flanked by two massive, slightly different Norman bell-towers with mullioned windows, each surmounted by a small spire added in the 15C. One tower has flame-shaped merlons, symbolizing the Papal authority and the mitre; the other has Ghibelline merlons, symbolizing the Royal and temporal power.

The portico (1471, by Ambrogio da Como) has three arches, the two outer being pointed, supported by four columns and vaulting ribs."

 

Left:

Palazzo Atenasio Martino dei baroni di Rocca e Valdina, 15-16C, with a 19C limestone portal.

 

Cefalu, Sicily. 2018

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Taken on September 27, 2018