The cost of the full-price ticket is 6 euros; the cost of the reduced ticket is 3 euros.
The price listed in the calendar includes operating costs.
The cloister belonging to the Benedictine Abbey of S. Maria la Nuova, founded in 1174 at the behest of the Norman King Guglielmo II, serves as the pivot of the entire abbey complex developed around it. Square-shaped, it is punctuated by ogival arches on twin columns, tetrastyle at the four corners, decorated with chevron styled mosaics, and with late-classical phytomorphic motifs.
Similarly, the decoration of the capitals is rich and varied, with themes related to religious iconography, the Old and New Testament, animals drawn from the medieval bestiary and the Middle Eastern tradition with phytomorphic motifs.
For the first time, a unique guided tour will lead the public to discover one of the most important monumental complexes of the Sicilian-Norman Middle Ages and will help you to understand the founding idea that moved King Guglielmo II, who strongly desired the construction not only of the Cathedral of Monreale, but of the entire abbatial complex. Thanks to the synergic collaboration between the Cathedral Basilica of Monreale, the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage of the Sicilian Region, with the CoopCulture dealer, a visit itinerary has been thought through that reconstructs the integrity, articulated in different sacred spaces and in the power of architecture. The declared intention of the Norman king was to become the reference point of the ecclesiastical world on the territory. He also granted the monastery to the Benedictines who came from Cava dei Tirreni for this reason. Archbishopric since its foundation, architecturally speaking, the cathedral was completed with the construction of the extraordinary cloister, an elegant example of monastic architecture, a true hortus conclusus in which it is easy to imagine the monks walking, reading and praying. The tour will guide you in the exploration of the Duomo, and your guide will help you to read the Old and the New Testaments on the mosaics. Admire the Christ Pantocrator and then move on to the Chapel of the Crucifix - better known as the Roan Chapel, named after its founder - which houses the Treasure of the Duomo. Then you will enjoy a visit to the Diocesan Museum, and the chapter hall of San Placido which housed the assembly of the monk. To conclude, there will be a walk along the cloister's ambulatories. Don't miss the shared experience of the Duomo's terraces where you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the city.