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Lonely Planet in their “Southern Italy,” book writes about the four quadrants and their main attractions as follows:
“Southwest of the Quatto Canti is Albergheria, a rather shabby, run down district once inhabited by Norman court officials, now home to a growing number of immigrants who are attempting to revitalize its dusty backstreets. The top tourist draws here are the Palazzo dei Normanni (Norman Palace) and its exquisite chapel, both at the neighborhood’s far western edge.”
“On the middle level of the Norman Palace’s three-tiered loggia, this mosaic jewel of a chapel, Capella Palatina, designed by Roger II in 1130, is Palermo’s premier tourist attraction. Gleaming from a pains taking five year restoration, its aesthetic harmony is further enhanced by the inlaid marble floors and wooden muqarnas ceiling, a masterpiece of Arabic-style honeycomb carving that reflects Norman Sicily’s cultural complexity attraction.”
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