THE EMIRO SUITE
In 831 d.C. (after Christ) the arabs conquered Palermo. During 2 centuries of domination,
Palermo was expanded and were built marvelous gardens. It became home to an emirate,
where artists and poets from all over the Mediterranean could find refuge. Arab poetry
influenced local authors greatly and the two cultures merged and enriched one another.
We owe the introduction of many crops to the arabs such as pistachio nuts, orange and
lemons. The first outdoor markets arose in the very same places where the cities' main
markets are located today: Ballarò, Vucciria and Capo. Neighborhoods like “La Kalsa”, the
first vast street in Palermo “Il Cassaro”, palaces, mosques and gardens were built by the
arabs that turned Palermo into one of the most populated cities of that period.