Exterior of Monreale Cathedral (Palermo, Sicily) - built from 1174 to 1185.

Exterior of Monreale Cathedral (Palermo, Sicily) - built from 1174 to Fascinating blend of Byzantine and Romanesque architecture.

Here is a Cosmati floor mosaic.  Cosmati is made of thinly sliced marble cubes, placed in abstract form.

Here is a Cosmati floor mosaic. Cosmati is made of thinly sliced marble cubes, placed in abstract form.

William II of Sicily presenting the Virgin with the cathedral of Monreale in 1186

William II of Sicily presenting the Virgin with the cathedral of Monreale, Palermo, in 1186

temptation of Christ - mosaic in Monreale Cathedral, Sicily

The Temptation of Christ - mosaic in Monreale Cathedral, Sicily, building begun 1174

Nave, Hieronymite Monastery, Belém, Portugal, 2003. by David Stephenson

Vaults is a beautiful photo series of the intricate geometric patterns found on the ceilings of European cathedrals. The series, and companion book Heavenly Vaults, are by photographer David Stephenson.

Byzantine Church Mosaic

The Faces of History writing project incorporates the essay model of structure and stylistic techniques covered in TWSS.

Christ and Samaritan woman Monreale Cathedral, Sicily

First Scrutiny - Image - Christ and Samaritan Woman - Monreale Cathedral, Sicily

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