DECLARATION OF EXCEPTIONAL UNIVERSAL VALUE
“The buildings constituting the property of ‘Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale’ is a material example of coexistence, interaction and interchange between different cultural components of historical and geographic heterogeneous origin.
This syncretism has generated an original architectural and artistic style, of exceptional universal value, in which Byzantine, Islamic and Latin elements are admirably fused, capable each time to be produced unique combinations of exceptional artistic value and extraordinarily unitary.
The Arab-Norman syncretism had a strong impact in the Middle Ages, significantly contributing to the formation of a Mediterranean koinè, a fundamental condition for the development of modern Mediterranean-European civilization”.
(© Dossier di Candidatura per l'iscrizione nella World Heritage List del sito seriale Palermo Arabo- Normanna e le Cattedrali di Cefalù e Monreale, dicembre 2014)