Cefalu cathedral, Norman architecture example, Sicily

MONREALE & CEFALÙ Day: Monday Price: 65,00€ per pers. Departure: 8.00am first pick up, from Hotel o city center; Duration: 5.30h. stops 1 h. Monreale, 2 h. Cefalù. What it includes: transfer by minivan, guide book, Engl. Speaking driver, audioguide Monreale Cathedral.       TOUR  SCHEDULE: Departure from Palermo to the historic center of nearby Monreale, an hour available to visit the Arab Norman cathedral with the audio guide after moving to Cefalù where you will have two hours to see the Cathedral and the streets of the ancient medieval village.     Note: Entrance fees to sites / monuments not included. The times are approximate according to general conditions such as: time, traffic, etc..  


The Cathedral of Cefalù was built at the behest of Roger II of Altavilla, king of Sicily, Puglia and Calabria, in the year of the Lord 1131. It wants the tradition that this king, traveling by ship from Salerno to Palermo, came across a storm , he vowed the Lord to erect a church in the place where he had taken safe and sound land with his crew. When he arrived in Cefalù, he built the promised cathedral for the glory of the SS. Salvatore and the Saints Peter and Paul. Not to be missed in Cefalù: the cathedral, the Mandralisca museum, the medieval wash house, the long sea, the city gates and the medieval village.


with its cathedral since 2015 it is part of the Unesco heritage for the Arab-Norman route. We offer you a guided tour inside the famous cathedral with its beautiful mosaics. The cathedral was built by William II in 1174, when he was just twenty years old, according to a legend, the same Virgin Mary appeared to him in a dream revealing the hiding place where his father, William I, called “the Malo”, “the Bad “, He had hidden a treasure. With those riches, just at that point, he would have to raise a temple to devote to you. The cathedral is famous for its mosaic decoration, the largest in Italy and for the Christ Pantocrator of the apse. Also inside it is possible to see the royal tombs of William I and Gugielmo II.