Cappella Palatina

Pictures can’t capture the incredible beauty and intricateness of this chapel. There is also no way to use words that are adequate.

The chapel is Norman, ordered by Norman king Roger II, a mix of cultures and religions: Byzantine, Islamic and Latin. It dates to the 1100s.

My pictures are organized by the primarily gold mosaics, the marble mosaics mostly in the floors but also on some walls, and a few shots of the intricately carved wood ceiling that is Islamic.

Next the marble mosaics.

Some perspective on how small the pieces are using my foot

Finally the wood ceiling.

This part of the ceiling is painted not carved

The best I can do, and it doesn’t come close to doing it justice!

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