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Palerme Duomo Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral

Palerme Duomo Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; The church was erected in 1185 by Walter Ophamil (or Walter of the Mill), the Anglo-Norman archbishop of Palermo and King William II's minister, on the area of an earlier Byzantine basilica; By all accounts this earlier church was founded by St. Gregory and was later turned into a mosque by the Saracens after their conquest of the city in the 9th century; Ophamil is buried in a sarcophagus in the church's crypt; The medieval edifice had a basilica plan with three apses, of which only some minor architectural elements survive today; The upper orders of the corner towers were built between the 14th and the 15th centuries, while in the early Renaissance period the Southern porch was added; The present neoclassical appearance dates from the work carried out over the two decades 1781 to 1801, and supervised by Ferdinando Fuga; During this period the great retable by Gagini, decorated with statues, friezes and reliefs, was destroyed and the sculptures moved to different parts of the basilica; Also by Fuga are the great dome emerging from the main body of the building, and the smaller domes covering the aisles' ceilings;
Overview: The main façade is on the Western side, on the current Via Bonello, and has the appearance set in the 14th and 15th centuries; It is flanked by two towers and has a Gothic portal surmounted by a niche with a precious 15th century Madonna; Two lintelled ogival arcades, stepping over the street, connect the façade to the bell tower in the front annexed to the Archbishops Palace; This has a squared appearance adorned in the upper part by a fine crown of smaller belfries and small arcades; The right side has outstretching turrets and a wide portico (the current entrance) in Gothic-Catalan style, with three arcades, erected around 1465 and openening to the square; The first column on the left belonged to the original basilica and the subsequent mosque, as testified by the Qur'an verse carved on it; The carved portal of this entrance was executed in the period 1426 to 1430 by Antonio Gambara, while the magnificent wooden leafs are by Francesco Miranda (1432); The mosaic portraying the Madonna is from the 13th century, while the two monuments on the walls, works of the early 18th century, represents King Charles III of Bourbon and Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia, the latter of which was crowned here with his wife Anne Marie d'Orléans in December 1713;
The area of the apse, enclosed by the turrets and grandly decorated on the external walls, is part of the original 12th century building, while the more modern part of the church is the left side, which has an early 16th century portal by Antonello Gagini; The South-Western façade, looking at the Archbishop Palace, dates from the 14th to 15th centuries; Italy Sicily Mediterranean Island Palermo Province Capital Cathedral Duomo.

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Jacques has replied to albertsville
Searching informations on the Internet I discovered that there are 2,958 Roman Catholic active cathedrals and co-cathedrals in the world, each one having a bishop throne called cathedre........I still have a lot of work in this vast domain!!!! Thank You Carol!
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