La Martorana: Church of St Mary of the Admiral in Palermo

The church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, or San Nicolò dei Greci, in Palermo,Sicily.
Some recent photographs,
by Maria Vaiou.

Follow this link to a video of a recent service at La Martorana, including Arbëresh language chants.

The Arab traveller Ibn Jubayr visited the church in 1184, and in his description of Palermo praised it as “the most beautiful monument in the world”.

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Original publication in the Journal of Religious Culture (Journal für Religionskultur), Nr. 210 (2015). Republished with thanks.