Ottoman places, Arabic markets, buildings from Thousand and One Nights and churches similar to mosques, also this is Palermo

Exp palermo-a1

Starting from: Hotel
Duration: 7 hours

The Muslim conquest of Sicily and parts of southern Italy lasted 75 years. According to some sources, the conquest was spurred by Euphemius, the Byzantine commander who feared punishment by Emperor Michael II for a sexual indiscretion. After a short-lived conquest of Syracuse, he was proclaimed emperor but was compelled by loyal forces to flee to Africa to the court of Ziyadat Allah. The latter agreed to conquer Sicily, with the promise to leave it to Euphemius in exchange for a yearly tribute, and entrusted its conquest to the 70 year old qadi Asad ibn al-Furat. The Muslim force counted 10,000 infantry, 700 cavalry and 100 ships reinforced by Euphemius's ships and, after the landing at Mazara del Vallo, knights. The first battle against Byzantine troops occurred on July 15, 827, near Mazara, resulting in an Aghlabid victory.
We will visit two specific monuments in the "Arabic" Palermo: The Zisa Castle as well as the Qanat
We're talking about an exceptional piece of underground "hydraulic engineering", generically called "Qanat" in various regions of the planet, especially Asian and Mediterranean, where it developed in a more extended, allowed to intercept the water table, take the 'water and transport it to distant areas of use for irrigation and drinking, without concern of evaporation and thus promoting agricultural cultivation in an environment almost prohibitive for the temperature and solar radiation
The construction was begun in the 12th century by Arabian craftsmen for king William I of Sicily, and completed by his son William II. The edifice had been conceived as summer residence for the Norman kings, as a part of the large hunting resort known as Genoard ("Paradise on Earth") that included also the Cuba Sottana, the Cuba Soprana and the Uscibene palace.
The Zisa is clearly inspired by Moorish architecture. The name Zisa itself derives from the Arab term al-Azîz, meaning "noble", "glorious", "magnificent". The same word, in Naskh script, is impressed in the entrance, according to the usual habit for the main Islamic edifices of the time.

THE EXPERIENCE INCLUDES: Private car, private guide, entrance fees at La Zisa Castle & Qanat, lunch at local restaurant


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