On my recent trip to Sicily, we visited the 12th Century Norman cathedral at Monreale. The interior is breathtaking, containing the most stunning mosaics depicting the history of the world according to the bible. Everywhere, gold (this cathedral was certainly intended to convey to visitors the wealth and power of its creators). I found it difficult to do justice to it in my photographs during the short time we had.
However, I was most struck by the cloisters, in particular the chiostrino, the small cloister at one corner.
The columns here are crowned by intricately carved capitals, and richly adorned with differently patterned mosaics – just stunning. The cloister garden is most peaceful, a real haven from the bustle of the town outside. I just wish we had had more time to properly take in the diversity of all the carvings and decorations here. I feel a return visit is necessary….
Intricate is the subject of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – see here for more.