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Palermo has innumerable fine monuments and works of art, including: the Cathedral (12th century, with 14th-15th and 18th century additions); the Martorana Church, dating to Norman times with beautiful Byzantine-style
Mosaics; the church of S. Giovanni degli Eremiti, Norman with Arab influence and its adjacent cloisters; the church of S. Giuseppe dei Teatini (17th century); the church of S. Cataldo, in Arab-Norman style; the 13th century churches of S. Francesco and S. Spirito; the Oratorio di S. Lorenzo (Baroque).
Non-ecclesiastical buildings include the Palazzo dei Normanni, of Arab origins, with Norman additions and decorations (outstanding Cappella Palatina, with wooden ceiling, mosaics and frescoes), and later renovation; the Palazzo Chiaramonte (medieval), Palazzo Abatellis (14th century, in Gothic-Catalonian forms), the 12th century Zisa, and Cuba, both Arab-style constructions, together with many other buildings and churches of various periods. The Parco della Favorita is an environment of considerable interest.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|