Around the year 1070 the brother Roberto and Ruggero d'Hauteville arrived from
Normandy in taking advantage of the disagreements between the saracens and with the
help of Palermo's inhabitants, that wanted to be rid of the arabs, they conquered Palermo.
To the normans we attribute the merit of creating tollerance among the people so that
muslins, christian, hebrews and greeks could freely profess their beliefs and speak their
own language. Palermo was already a multicultural metropolis back in medieval times.
Part of norman heritage includes prestigious works of architecture which were built by
availing themseves of the best local and arab craftsmenship hence the “arab-norman
route”declared worldwide patrimony of humanity: “Norman palace, Palatina chapel, the
curchs of San Cataldo, San Giovanni of hermits, Santa Maria of admiral, the Cathedral,the
Castel of Zisa and the cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalù.