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Sicily's Arab-Norman architecture has been granted UNESCO world heritage status in Bonn: the world heritage committee examined the candidacy of the Arab-Norman Palermo together with the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale.
The Arab-Norman architecture is iconic and appreciated all over the world: Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù put together the history of Arab expansion in southern Europe, from the Iberian Peninsula to Sicily and Malta and left a legacy, a cultural heritage influenced by Arab, Greek and Norman elements.
With this win, Italy has now 51 UNESCO site and for Palermo it includes the Palazzo Reale with the Cappella Palatina; the Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti; the Chiesa di Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio; the Chiesa di San Cataldo; the Cattedrale di Palermo; the Palazzo della Zisa; the Ponte dell’Ammiraglio; the Complesso Monumentale della Cattedrale di Cefalù; the Complesso Monumentale della Cattedrale di Monreale.