Built in the 12th century by Arab craftsmen, this royal summer retreat combines Muslim, Roman, and Byzantine architecture. This characteristic is shared by the eight other World Heritage Sites that make up the “Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale”.
On the second floor, you’ll find the Museum of Islamic Art. Don’t miss Anna’s Tombstone which dates back to 1149 AD. This marble grave marker, commemorating the life of Anna (mother of Grisanto, priest to Roger II of Sicily), has inscriptions written on it in four languages: Hebrew, Latin, Greek and Arabic.