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Lat: 38° 6' 27.46186" N - Long: 13° 20' 34.12449" E
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La Cuba is one of the most important monuments in Palermo, unique of this kind in Italy.
It was built in the Arab-Norman architectural style in 1180 by William II as a place to rest in the hottest hours.
It was a pavilion of delights, located inside a large park called "Genoardo": it was rich in water and magnificent gardens.
The building was surrounded by a square pond full of fish.
In the following centuries, Cuba was destined to the most varied uses.
The lake was drained and pavilions were built; it was used as a lazaret during the plague of 1576 and 1621, then it was an accommodation for a company of Burgundian mercenaries and finally property of the State since 1921.
The building has a rectangular plan with four towers and its architecture suggests that it was built to best accommodate the fresh winds and thus offer shelter by the heat.
The interior of Cuba was divided into three areas aligned and communicating each other.
At the center of the interior environment you can see the remains of a splendid marble fountain, a typical element of Arab constructions needed to cool the air.
The central hall was embellished with muqarnas, an architectural and ornamental solution similar to a half dome.
La Cuba is located in Corso Calatafimi 100.
Visiting hours: Every day 9.00-13.00 / 14.00-18.30 Holidays 9.00-13.00.
Tickets: Full € 2.00 (including Punic necropolis) Reduced € 1.00 For info call 091 590299.
Duration of the visit: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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