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Encyclopedia > San Cataldo, Palermo
The church of San Cataldo in Palermo with its typical red domes.
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The church of San Cataldo in Palermo with its typical red domes.

San Cataldo is a church in Piazza Bellini, in the centre of the Sicilian city of Palermo. Founded around 1160 by admiral Majone di Bari, it is a notable example of Norman architecture. Built in the 12th century, in the 18th century the church was used as a post office. In the 19th century it was restored and brought back to a form more similar to the original Mediaeval edifice. Sicily (Sicilia in Italian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 sq. ... Nickname: Palermu Motto: {{{motto}}} Official website: http://www. ... The Nave of Durham Cathedral demonstrates the characteristic round arched style, though use of shallow pointed arches above the nave anticipates the Gothic style. ... (11th century - 12th century - 13th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 12th century was that century which lasted from 1101 to 1200. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It has a rectangular plant with blind archs, partially occupied by windows. The ceiling has three characteristics red, bulge domes (cubole), and Arab-style machicolations.


The interior has a nave with two aisles. The naked walls are faced by spolia columns with Byzantine style arcades. The pavement is the original one: it has a splendid mosaic decoration. Also original is the main altar. Mosaic is the art of decoration with small pieces of colored glass, stone or other material. ...


See also: Norman architecture The Nave of Durham Cathedral demonstrates the characteristic round arched style, though use of shallow pointed arches above the nave anticipates the Gothic style. ...


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