Welcome everyone to Monreale near Palermo!
We will admire here the byzantine art. Here is the plan:
It will take us to the heaven,
and I will guide you to the paradise!
We will see more examples of a decorating obsession.
At the end, we will find out if the art of the past influences the present art and craft of the local people of Sicily.
We are in the cathedral of Monreale, the place built in a Byzantine style. I came here to admire the famous mosaics.
All this gold has a significance. It creates an impression that we are not in the real world. Here we touch the supernatural splendor and we are enlightened by its light
I think that the best way to appreciate the ceiling is to lay down on the floor.
One of these mosaics shows the creation of bears and other creatures and the story of the Noah’s ark.
I have a strange impression that someone is looking at me.
“I hope you were a good bear, Metody…”
Some parts of the cathedral are designed in a more familiar style.
I found there amazing marble sculpted as a piece of fabric.
And the real fabric decorated with coral and silver thread. Btw. Coral is a typical material for jewellery from Sicily.
Outside the cathedral, we find a place called the paradise. I will guide you.
In any paradise, we should find a source of water,
a lot of greenery, a tree
We have also some shadow to rest and sleep during hot days.
And everything is beautifuuuuuul.
Enough with this paradise. Let’s go back to reality. In Monreale, I found examples of local folk art. Likewise the art from the past, It is unbelievable colourful.
Hallo, its me…
These really resemble mosaics.
Hi guys, are you on duty?
At last, one useful tip. To get here from Palermo, you need to take a bus. However, the situation is dynamically changing, and I do not advice any concrete way how to get there. Look for updated information on the Internet. Do not be surprised if a bus does not come at the right time. There can be many excuses for the buses not to come. I can only recommend to be patient and not to loos your mood.
More from Palermo area soon.