Monreale, atop Palermo
Monreale is just outside of Palermo, and a friend recommended that we come up to check out its cathedral.
Blue sky, lamp posts and palm trees … I really do have a thing for lamp posts.
According to Wikipedia, the Cathedral of Monreale is one of the greatest extant examples of Norman architecture in the world. It was begun in 1174 and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
The interior is really quite impressive – and the gold mosaics were amazing.
Monreale was a quick stop for us – but I had time to grab a new (cheese-filled) pastry I’d never tried before. There’s always time for new pastries.