Photographer's Note

During my recent short visit to Sicily I made a day trip to Cefal, a small but attractive city (and of course packed with tourists) on the coast, slightly less than an hour's journey by train east of Palermo. I was mainly anxious to see the 12th century cathedral, which I first learned about while studying art history at university 50 years ago.

Cefal cathedral is famous for its apse mosaic of Christ Pantocrator (almighty ≈ ruler of all). I was delighted to finally see it with my own eyes after so many years, but I didn't bother to take any photos of it. Since I don't carry a tripod I usually refrain from taking photos inside dark buildings, and using a flash seems meaningless. I also see little point in taking my own photos of features better seen in books or elsewhere on the internet. So I suggest you take a look at this link if you want to see the Cefal Pantocrator.rnrnI was more eager to take photos like this one, showing most of the cathedral's faade behind a square as usual filled with cafs. To me this is mainly a photo of a brightly dressed happy little boy with the cathedral in the background. I saw him having fun chasing away pigeons, but by the time I had manoeuvred myself into a good position among the other tourists, all taking photos of the cathedral, the pigeons were already at a safe distance. However, the boy still looked happy, which was good enough for me. (I intend to show you later how a street photo can go completely wrong.)

This church is one of nine structures of a UNESCO World Heritage site collectively referred to as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefal and Monreale.

Here is a larger version.

If it annoys you that one tower is partly obscured, you can see it better here. Another additional photo shows a large column.

If you click Map: view you can see approximately where I was standing when taking the main photo.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11820 W: 564 N: 22673] (98152)
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