Saturday, September 25, 2010

Monreale: Cloisters and more detail

If you've been following this series of posts about the Duomo di Monreale, you will notice the columns that surround the cloisters.  This image shows the various columns and their decorative styles -- some carved, some with mosaic inlay, and other just simple and plain.  (Where is Monreale?)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Monreale: Detail of the columns from the cloisters

Above is a detail of the capitals from two columns in the cloisters.  Here you can see the intricate relief work done on the capitals.  Some of the columns are decorated with mosaics while others are more intricately carved. The columns are well-preserved but certainly could use some "sprucing up" -- visiting these sites in Sicily helps to keep them taken care of.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Monreale: Cloisters

The cloisters of the abbey of Monreale are a great place to relax. It might seem at first glance that there's no much to see, but do not be fooled. The columns that surround the cloisters are intricately decorated and make for interesting study and viewing. You can ascend the tower for stupendous views of the town and down into the cloister itself (pictured).

Monday, September 20, 2010

Duomo di Monreale

Monreale is located southwest of Palermo, and its duomo (pictured above, view of the facade) is one of several points of interest in the town. The interior of the church is decorated with beautiful mosaics so you simply must stop in and have a look. Generally, churches charge a small fee to enter, but when there is a wedding going on, they do not enforce this. Also, the cloisters are worth exploring as well!  The tower is open, but there's a fee for that, too.  It's great if you want some aerial shots of the cloisters and the surrounding countryside.