Lat: 38° 4' 54.26655" N - Long: 13° 17' 31.79114" E
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The Cathedral of Monreale is flanked by the beautiful cloister of the ancient Benedictine convent, built at the end of the twelfth century.
It is a wonderful example of Byzantine architecture.
It is a Romanesque construction, with a square plan of 47 meters on each side.
The arches are supported by 228 twin columns placed on a wall, which support acute arches of Arabic type decorated with geometric designs with lava stone and pumice, some carved with arabesques, others with mosaic inlays.
The capitals are engraved with biblical scenes and present an extraordinary and amazing variety of forms.
The bases of the columns of the cloister depict a very wide variety of motifs too: stylized leaves, rosettes, lion's feet, heads of beasts, groups of men and animals, frogs and lizards.
In the southern corner there is a palm-shaped fountain, whose shape of the leaves was created by the same water: a marvel.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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