Norman King William II, “The Good” (1153-1189), commissioned Monreale Cathedral in the late 12th century. The cloisters were built in the Arab Norman style in the early 13th century by Venetian artisans. Today, the cathedral is part of the UNESCO site that features nine Arab Norman monuments. Its cloister boasts 128 columns, all possessing different designs and many with capitols that tell stories. In an of itself, it is a storybook.
You’ll tour Monreale Cathedral with a local historian during our Experience Sicily October tour, Stunning Sicily.