Cefalu Cathedral. Interior with apse mosaic.
12th c Sicilian Norman Sicilian Architecture
(c. 1100 - c. 1300)
Cefalu. Sicily. Italy.
Cefalu Cathedral was begun by Roger II in 1131. Islamic influence can be seen in the alternating buff and red stone used around the apse, as well as in the pointed arch of the apse.
The mosaic of the apse with the great image of Christ Pantocrator, the ruler of the universe, and the figure of Mary flanked by angels below, is of Byzantine style. As a matter of fact, Roger hired Byzantine craftsmen to come to Sicily to make mosaics for his churches. They worked alongside the Islamic craftsmen who were creating Islamic decorative work.
In one of the mosaics he commissioned, Roger II is depicted wearing the court dress of a Byzantine emperor and receiving Christ's blessing in the Byzantine tradition. Roger was very eclectic in his tastes.
ROMANESQUE | Cefalu Cathedral. Interior with apse mosaic. | Begun 1131 | Norman | Romanesque
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