The church of St. Mary of the Admiral owes its name toAdmiral area of fleet of Roger II of Altavilla, George of Antioch that built it around the middle of the Twelfth century near his own palazzo, to thank the Mother of God of the protection he had granted him in his long military life.
The plant is a inscribed cross, a typical detail of the Byzantine churches of the late period, with the apse in the East and the facade to the West, to encourage prayer to the East. L'internal atrium it is dominated by times, supported by the eight column of the old portico. The vault of the room was frescoed da Olivio Sozzi in 1744, to celebrate the theme of Glory of the Benedictine Order. The effect of the colors is extraordinary, given by the background of blue skies in contrast with the dark gray of the monks' robes.
THEapparatus of mosaics, to completely cover the times he arches of the Greek cross dell 'original Byzantine church, is one of the most important in the world.
The climax is represented by the dome which has in the center the full-length Pantocrator, seated on the throne, blessing with his right hand, while holding the Gospel with his left, keeping his feet resting on the Earth as a stool. Around Christ the four archangels in flight. In drum the eight prophets are represented holding the scrolls of the prophecies in their hands, and the four evangelists are placed in the niches.
From 3 July 2015 the Church of the Martorana is part of the World Heritage Site UNESCO in the context of"Arab-Norman itinerary of Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale".
Piazza Bellini, 3, 90133 Palermo
From Monday to Saturday 9.30 - 13.00 /15.30 - 17.30
Sunday and holidays 9.00-10.30