Monreale

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Coordinates: 38° 4′ 54″ N, 13° 17′ 29″ E

Monreale

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Monreale is a town in the province of Palermo, in Sicily, on the slope of Monte Caputo, overlooking the very fertile valley called “La Conca d’oro” (“The Golden Shell”), famed for its orange, olive and almond trees, the produce of which… [Read more]

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Description

Monreale is a town in the province of Palermo, in Sicily, on the slope of Monte Caputo, overlooking the very fertile valley called “La Conca d’oro” (“The Golden Shell”), famed for its orange, olive and almond trees, the produce of which is exported in large quantities. The town is located 15 km south of Palermo. After the occupation of Palermo by the Arabs the Bishop of Palermo was forced to move his seat outside the capital. The role of the new cathedral was assigned to a modest little church, Aghia Kiriaki in the village nearby which was later called Monreale. After the Norman Conquest in 1072 Christians got back the old city cathedral. Under King William II the large monastery of Benedictines coming from Cava de Tirreni, with its church, was founded and provided with a large asset. It is noteworthy that the new edifice had also an important defensive destination. Monreale was the seat of the metropolitan archbishop of Sicily, which thenceforth exerted a large influence over Sicily.

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