La Zisa in Palermo, Italy is 12th-century palace known for its ornate, honeycomb vaulting and its heavy Oriental architectural influences. Paying homage to the Islamic style of architecture, the palace is designed with ogival archways, tumbling stalactites, deep niches, honeycomb ceilings, and an air-conditioning system that still works today.
Another famous feature is the Fountain Room. This is the main receiving area and is 2 stories high. Snaking through the niches is a marble mosaic frieze of archers and peacocks in a backdrop of palms and trees.
A historical and architectural marvel, the Palace is a worthwhile stop for those interested in history and Arab-Norman architecture, especially those who want to avoid Palermo's busy crowds.Places nearby:
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