Palermo: Markets and Mosaics

Palermo has three outdoor markets and we managed to hit all of them.

Two we found by design while foraging for supplies and the third on our walk back from the Palentine Chapel and on our way to the completely over the top Chiesa del Gesù.

So a few scenes from the market and then on to Montreale.

Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. And artichokes ready to have their stalks slashed off with a machete.And abundant fresh lemons and oranges. And everything you buy gets wrapped in a cone of newspaper. Makes for easy storing in your shopping bag.And, of course fish.
Scholars have written volumes on the significance of Montreale – this cathedral just north of the city. But suffice it to say it is huge and quite astonishing in its detail and extravagance..

No surface is left unused in this extraordinary assertion of faith.

Sue at the top of Monreale

What appeals to me most is the fusion of faiths and the unique combination of artistic and architectural style. That is what Sicily seems to be about. 

Under the Normans Sicily was a crossroads for interfaith connections and these influences are all made visible in the cathedral with its Arabic arches and Moslem ceilings.

If you climb to the roof there are views out south toward Palermo and to the surrounding hills.

View toward Palermo

The mosaics on the cathedral columns are a kaleidoscope of color and design.

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  1. Ingrid Nyeboe:

    Resembles Rialto Mercato. Isn’t it amazing how super tasty the food is? I keep wondering what happened to food, especially vegetables and fruit in America! Even organic does not come close to any of the stuff we are enjoying in La Serenissima!
    Looks like you are having a great time. ❤️

    • Totally agreed on the vegetables. I bought some carrots yesterday. It is forever since I tasted a carrot that sweet. Even zucchini seem to have taste even before sautéing in garlic . And the garlic too – easy to peel and bursting with garlicness. And the oranges! Wow!. I think it’s a combination of freshness, variety, soil and climate. But mostly a climate of caring about the quality as opposed to the mass production.

  2. They do mosaics wonderfully, don’t they? My mother bought a pair of earrings in Italy in 1960, mosaics made up of pieces no bigger than pinheads. Uncanny workmanship! And you have photographed these beautifully! Well described as kaleidoscopic – any one of them could inspire a toy kaleidoscope delightfully. — Elizabeth

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