In the mountain area close to Palermo is the picturesque town of Monreale, a townscape that for more than 800 years, has been dominated by a single building. Monreale Cathedral was built due to a struggle for power between the Bishop Of Palermo and the Norman King, William The Second.
Architecturally, the cathedral possesses a wonderful harmony of styles, including those of Norman, Romanic and Arabian. With the building of the cathedral and the elevation of the city to an archiepiscopal , William The Second had created a worthy competitor to Palermo Cathedral.
The Norman cathedral and its adjacent cloister are two historical jewels that give a special significance to the small town of Monreale and the buildings proudly overlook their former rivals in the Sicilian metropolis of Palermo.
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