Location of Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale in Italy
Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale is a series of nine religious and civic structures located on the northern coast of Sicily dating from the era of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily (1130-1194): two palaces, three churches, a cathedral, and a bridge in Palermo, as well as the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale. They have been designated together as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The new Norman rulers built various structures in what has become known as the Arab-Norman style. They incorporated the best practices of Arab and Byzantine architecture into their own art.
^Antonino Buttitta; J -Y Marin; Jean-Marie Levesque; Musée de Normandie, Les Normands en Sicile: XIe-XXIe siècles : histoire et légendes, 5 Continents, 2006, p. 14; Quote: ”Le genie architectural des Normands a su s’adapter aux lieux en prenant ce qu’il y a de meilleur dans le savoir-faire des batisseurs arabes et byzantins.”