Cefalù, Kathedrale - Apsismosaik: Christus Pantokrator

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The cathedral, dating from 1131, was commenced in the Norman style, the island of Sicily having been conquered by the Normans in 1091. According to tradition, the building was erected after a vow made to the Holy Saviour by the King of Sicily, Roger II, after he escaped from a storm to land on the city's beach.

It was probably planned that the entire church should be decorated in mosaic, but it was only completed in the presbyterium area. It still covers the apse and some half of the side walls. Roger II brought masters in the technique of mosaic from Constantinople. They adapted their traditional Byzantine decorative art to an architectural structure that was Northern European origin.

The dominant figure of the decorative scheme is the bust of the Christ Pantokrator, portrayed with a hand raised in Benediction on the semi-dome of the apse. In his left hand he carries the Gospel of John, in which can be read, in Greek and Latin: "I am the light of the world, who follows me will not wander in the darkness but will have the light of life" (John, 8:12). (According to wikipedia)

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dziwnowik on November 18, 2012

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TheVidaniel on November 18, 2012

Very nice shot, excellent image! LIKE. Greetings, Daniel

Rafl on November 19, 2012

Ikke excelent inside.rafl

luky99ful on November 21, 2012

Beautiful interior painting, Like, Luky.

Joli Harsányi on November 22, 2012

Very nice work! L Best wishes, Joli

janamare26 on November 22, 2012


Ela Vaida on December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013 !

Greetings, Ela.

Rikimer on December 23, 2012

Thank you so much, Ela! Best wishes, Willi

Ilie Olar on January 25, 2013

Very nice painted church! 2-6 YSL! Greetings from Romania, Ilie

Rikimer on January 26, 2013

Thanks a lot for your generous appraisement, Ilie, I am very glad about it! Have a nice weekend, Willi

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Photo taken in 90015 Cefalù PA, Italy

This photo was taken indoors

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