Si Trova: a Cefalù
Lat: 38° 2' 24.28868" N - Long: 14° 1' 24.00378" E
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The cloister of the Norman cathedral of Cefalù is one of the most significant artistic testimonies of the Sicilian Middle Ages.
The sculptural decorations of the four gardens that form it are inspired by the Bible; they represent the genesis, the Song of the Songs, the Gospel and the Apocalypse.
Seventy columns with capitals of the twelfth century adorn it.
Surprising is the metaphor, unusual for a cloister, engraved on some capitals, with six figures of naked contortionists who represent sensuality and perversion in their negative accent, while in their positive sign they represent balance and dominion.
And then griffins, crocodiles, dolphins, bulls, deer, but also moments of rural life.
Today the cloister is placed at a lower level than the naves of the adjacent church and its shape has been modified from square to rectangular.
In the cloister medieval and Hellenistic finds have come to light and traces by the 4th century BC.
Among the finds: a plastered door with charcoal painted figures and two Federician coins, minted in Messina between 1209 and 1212.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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