Persia in Palermo

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Illustrating the Persian-Middle Eastern influences on Arab-Norman architecture, the mosaic designs of the Sala di Re Ruggero (King Roger’s Salon) inside Palermo’s Royal Palace (Palazzo dei Normanni) are splendid. Unlike their siblings in the Cappella Palatina (just downstairs in the palace), these mosaic designs are secular in nature, depicting hunting and natural scenes featuring trees, birds, deer, and lions, among other such subjects. Their exact construction dates are thought to be around 1170, during the end of the reign of William I, son of King Roger II.

The Sala di Re Ruggero is another monument that is part of the patrimony of the Arab-Norman gems of Palermo UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  1. Persian art is some of the most unique and detailed art in the world. I have a friend who’s from Tehran, and she literally lives that art in her home. And that includes the food, too!

    1. Yes, the food is presented like art. The flavors are exquisite like their craftsmanship. It’s so true. This morning in New York I came across a store that specializes is Persian art and jewelry. No kidding. I didn’t go in, but a gazed at the details on the pieces through the window. Just exquisite!

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