The climb to Santa Christina Gela: Magna Via Francigena giorno uno (day one)

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Leaving Palermo on Sunday morning was pretty quiet, just a few kilometers out of town you are in the foothills of the Palermo mountains and in the town of Monreale where there is a magnificent Cathedral.The story goes… William II, a rival to Walter the Mill, was determined to overshadow the cathedral in Palermo. Building commenced in 1174. The mosaics were completed over a ten year span using Greek craftsmanship and Byzantine influences. The mosaics depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments and run in four rows. In the apse, there is a giant mosaic of Christ.For perspective, his little finger on his right hand is more than three feet long. The floor of the cathedral has Cosmati pavement with beautiful inlays. The smaller chapels have interesting scenes displayed as well. It would be easy to spend several hours ogling the breathtaking work. A looming 15…

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