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Lipari Cathedral, Norman Cloister 

Ornate door to the Cathedral of Lipari which is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew

Lipari village on Lipari island has an eye-catching fortification on the coast. This was once the site of the Ancient Greek acropolis. The inhabitants of Lipari were converted to Christianity in the 3rd century CE. Christian churches have existed on Lipari since then. The first cathedral was built in the heart of the acropolis, probably over a Greek temple. That cathedral was destroyed in the 9th century CE by Arabs.

Shrine to Saint Bartholomew, created in 1728 as tribute for saving Lipari from damage during the devastating 17th century earthquake

A Benedictine monastery was built on the site of the Ancient Greek acropolis. After the Norman conquest of Sicily, Benedictine monks were invited to the site on Lipari island to form a monastery in 1083.

The 18th century ceiling is intricately painted in the Lipari cathedral

While visiting the amazing archeological museum in the monastery, I also visited the cathedral. To the right of the cathedral one can pay to enter a Norman cloister. I hadn’t read about it in advance but having seen beautiful floor mosaics from the Norman invasion period I decided to go inside.

The columns used in the cloister are significant because they are taken from houses built in the early Roman Period

Until recently the cloister was covered in rubble but it has now been excavated. It is significant because it contains columns that were reused by the Normans. The columns were originally in early Roman houses.

The capitals on the pillars have interesting carvings

As well as having interesting columns, the capitals on top of the columns are intricately carved with strange, fantastical creatures, birds pecking dates, and other interesting carvings.

The cloister was filled in and used as a cemetery and then excavated recently

Some of the capitals depict strange animals

An amphora in the cloister

Interesting carving on Norman capital

Doves eating dates

I enjoyed visiting the tranquil cloister and I think it’s well worth the small entrance fee.


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