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The chapel was built between 1130 and 1140, by Roger II, with its apse facing the East in accordance with the Byzantine tradition. The interior is reached through the narthex to discover a rectangular chapel made up of a sanctuary, raised above five steps and surrounded by a marble balustrade, and three naves, each separated by ten granite columns.The furniture is also remarkable. Thus you should look out for the double throne standing on four columns and two pulpits decorated with an eagle and a lion. To one side is a 12C, finely sculpted and richly ornamented Easter candelabra. The royal throne is found even further inside: it is perfectly integrated in the surrounding mosaics, which represent Christ surrounded by the archangels Michael and Gabriel and Saints Peter and Paul. The throne is made of porphyry and mosaic and bears the armorial blazon of the House of Aragon. The mosaics that cover the chapel walls were created by the Saracens. The oldest of them date back to 1140. In the cupola, a large Christ Pantocrator surrounded by Byzantine angels reigns over the building. The walls depict episodes from the Bible. A word of advice: binoculars may help you to admire the magnificent mosaic work!

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  • Address : P.za ndependenza 1 I - 90134 Palermo90134Palermo
  • Phone : 091 705601
  • E-mail : visite@ars.sicilia.it
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    Entre les touristes et les scolaires, il y a beaucoup de visiteurs et donc une belle file d'attente à certaines périodes. Mon conseil : arriver vers 12h30 en semaine ou vers 9h le dimanche matin, ce qui vous permettra d'être quasiment seul dans ce bel endroit !

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