52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #6. Royal Fairytales Are Real

Housed in the treasury of Palermo’s Cathedral, this work of art was created between 1220 and 1222. It was designed in Palermo in a Byzantine-Arab style and composed of gold, precious gems, semi-precious stones, pearls, filigree, glazes, and silver. According to scholar Jacqueline Alio, the Holy Roman Empress was interred wearing the crown. “It has been suggested that this was actually Frederick’s crown that he wished his late consort to wear in death.”

*Sigh* How enchanting! If there is such a character as “Emperor Charming,” Frederick II was it.

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