- Admire the rich and varied decorations of the capitals with themes related to religious iconography
- Visit the splendid cloister of Santa Maria Nuova and the Duomo of Monreale
- Discover one of the most important monumental buildings of the Sicilian-Norman Middle Ages
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 a pivot of the entire abbatial complex that is developed around it. Square-shaped, it is punctuated by ogival arches on coupled columns, tetrastyle at the four corners, decorated with mosaics, in "chevron" or with late-classical phytomorphic motifs
Similarly, rich and varied is the decoration of the capitals where we find themes related to religious iconography, 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 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 synergistic 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 built, which reconstructs the integrity, articulated in different sacred spaces and in the power of architectural jewel. The declared intent of the Norman king was to become the reference point of the ecclesiastical world on the territory; for this reason too, he granted the monastery to the Benedictines who came from Cava dei Tirreni. 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 the spectators in the exploration of the Duomo; it will help read the Old and the New Testament on the mosaic; admire the Christ Pantocrator and will 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 there will be the visit of 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. Do not miss the shared experience of the Duomo's terraces where you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the city
- Admission ticket for the Complex of Monreale (Cathedral, Roano Chapel, the Cathedral's terraces and cloister)
- Audioguide for the visit to the cloister.
- Guided tour
- EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 25
- Permanent teaching staff from EU state schools
- EU and non-EU citizens under the age of 18
- EU tourist guides by presenting a valid license issued by a competent authority.
- On-duty EU interpreters exercising their professional activity by presenting a valid license issued by the competent authority.
- student groups from EU public and private schools with accompanying teacher (1 for every ten pupils), only by reservation and only if within the reservation quota established by the head of the institute
- members of: ICOM (The International Council of Museums), ICCROM
- teachers and students in architecture, conservation of cultural heritage, educational sciences and degree courses in literature or literary subjects with an archaeological or historical-artistic focus in literature and philosophy departments at universities and academies of fine art and enrolled in respective schools of continuing education, specialization and doctoral research in the aforementioned disciplines in all member countries of the European Union. please note that the ticket will only be issued to students showing an enrollment certificate for the current academic year excluding Unitre - Università della Terza Età
- Socrates and Erasmus students from the previously mentioned disciplines
- students enrolled at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (High Institute for Conservation and Restoration), the Opificio delle pietre dure (Workshop of semi-precious stones), the Scuola per il Restauro del Mosaico (the Mosaic Restoration School)
- groups and/or experts authorized by the superintendency
- employees of the Regional Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian identity of the Sicilian region
- honorary inspectors of cultural heritage in Sicily
- permanent and fixed-term teaching staff
- Membership paying EU and non-EU journalists by presenting valid certification
- Officers of the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage
- EU disabled people and a family member or qualified caregiver with valid certification
- members of voluntary groups that carry out, according to the active agreements with the ministry pursuant to article 112, paragraph 8, of the code, activities for the promotion and dissemination of knowledge relating to cultural heritage
OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR FREE ADMISSION
- free admission to the cloister on the first Sunday of the month for individuals and groups
- free admission to the cathedral every day for individuals and every Sunday for groups
Piazza Guglielmo II, 1, 90046 Monreale (PA)
- The site has a wheelchair access which is limited to the area of the convent on the ground floor with entrance from the Villa Comunale
- The ticket for the abbey complex of Monreale includes the Roano Chapel, the cathedral terraces, and the convent. Admission to the cathedral is free.
- The audio guide for the cloister is only available in the following languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and German
- Important: from July 7 to November 4, 2018, the exhibition "Jan Fabre - Ecstasy & Oracles" will be held at the Cloister of Monreale. During this event there will be an extra charge of € 3.00 for the entrance ticket.
- Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (last admission at 6:30pm)
- Bank holidays: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (last admission at 1:00 pm)
- From Monday to Saturday
- From 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
- Sundays and during the celebrations closed to visits and group entries
31st May open from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
- Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
- Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 25th December
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