Cattedrale di Cefalù
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
241 BC, Sicily was conquered by the Romans who replaced the Greeks by making Zeus, Jupiter, and so on for the other gods of Olympus. For Catone the Censor the island was “the granary of Rome“. Sicily alone exported about 3 million quintals per year to the capital. Even today, especially the center of the island, is an endless expanse of grain, as if it were sea, which makes it particularly characteristic landscape: deep green in winter and spring, and blinding yellow in the summer months.
The Cathedral of Cefalù (Duomo di Cefalù) is a wonderful construction in Arab-Norman style of 1131, built at the behest of King Roger. The large terraced entrance square and the two imposing towers dominate the square where the church is located. Inside, beautiful mosaics dominate the building. Among them stands out the figure of Christ Pantocrator.
(photo) Cefalù, Cathedral, Interior view with mosaics in the apse, cc 1840