The Cathedral of Santa Maria Nuova is the main place of worship of Monreale. Built starting in 1174 at the behest of William II of Sicily, King of Sicily from 1166 to 1189, is famous for the rich Byzantine mosaics that decorate the Interior. From July 3, 2015 is part of heritage (Unesco) as part of the "Arab-Norman Route to Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale. The walls of the apse and transept and the nave are panelled with mosaics of Byzantine school, above, on a gold background, that run from the 12th to the mid-13th century by workers in local part and partly blinds, formed the Byzantine school. The
The dome is flanked by cloisters of the ancient Benedictine monastery, built in the late 12th century and wonderful example of Byzantine architecture. It is a purely Romanesque building, with a 47-meter square with side porch with pointed arches and double ring with a very unusual "Bull" in the bottom.
The arches are supported by columns, by alternating ornamentations, some carved with arabesques and others with mosaic inlays. The capitals are decorated with biblical scenes. South corner there is a quadrangular enclosure delimited by three arches on each side. At the Center is a fountain whose
Located within the former Benedictine monastery and established following a donation from painter Eleonora Parrish to honor the memory of the writer and art critic Giuseppe Sciortino monrealese (1900-1971), the gallery houses paintings, works on paper, sculptures and ceramics by contemporary authors. Recently, the collections were added the donation and the Foundation Nocera, with works by contemporary artists, and also the adoration of Matia Pastoridi Stomer.
The Museum is divided into 3 levels inside the Palace of the Archbishop of Monreale with approximately 500 pieces on display including silverware, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, vestments and more ordered, mainly according to chronology and the Episcopal Commission of the Archdiocese. Adding even a room dedicated to Make collection Picts, donated in 1992, and an anthropological section.
Diocesan Museum: € 4, combined
Diocesan Museum: Roan Chapel single + 5,00 €
Diocesan Museum + Chapel: Roan decreased groups (over 20 people), schools and seniors over 65 2.5