Friday, June 15, 2012

Palermo Cathedral

Believe it or not, we sometimes update articles or revisit topics. That's what we've done with Palermo Cathedral this month.

We really just wanted to give you more information - hopefully not to the point of being boring. But in this case there's a lot to tell. Sicily's largest church was built on the foundations of a Byzantine structure during the 12th century. That structure, which was a mosque for over two centuries, had in turn been constructed on the site of a Roman temple. Even earlier, before 400 BC (BCE), a Carthaginian temple may have stood there until the Romans took control of western Sicily - not that there were always great differences between Punic divinities and Roman ones.

So the site has been a place of worship - of one kind or another - for two thousand years.

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