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UNESCO: Palermo widens Arab-Norman route to 13 new sites

PALERMO, JULY 2 – Palermo’s Arab-Norman site will include more monuments than those already recognized by Unesco. The nine sites that are already part of the itinerary recognized for its cultural as well as religious value – including, among others, Palazzo Reale, Cappella Palatina, Zisa and the Cathedrals of Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale – will be joined by 13 locations and monuments widening the touristic and cultural offer.

A guide curated by the director of the Fondazione Unesco Sicilia, Aurelio Angelini, now includes the palace and park of Maredolce, the fortress of Castello a Mare, the small and austere church of Santa Maria Maddalena inside a Carabinieri police precinct. In addition, there will be the majestic SS. Trinità alla Magione, Cuba Soprana, the abandoned garden of Villa Napoli; Cubula; the chapel of Santa Maria dell’Incoronata behind the cathedral; San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi; the medieval churches of Santo Spirito and Santa Cristina la Vetere.

The widened circuit also includes Qanat, a large engineering masterwork under the city from the Arab era and the ancient baths of Cefalà Diana. ”These sites – said Angelini – were taken into consideration to become part of the Arab-Norman itinerary but it was not possible to include them for Unesco’s recognition due to the difficulty of accessing them. With a few interventions, promoted and scheduled, it was later possible to renovate them. We are now trying to promote their cultural and touristic vocation”.

The project was supported by the Unesco site, chaired by Palermo’s Mayor Leoluca Orlando. ”Becoming part of the Unesco heritage – said Orlando – is not a tag to hang on a wall but a path for preservation, discovery and promotion of each monument and its context that talks about integration and tolerance”. (@OnuItalia)

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