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This is, as one of our visitors exclaimed, a veritable cornucopia of architecture and art. The town was originally a Phoenician city – some of their defensive walls still stand near the Royal Palace. The Greeks, the Romans (perhaps we should say Byzantines) followed by the Arabs all made their contribution to the city which when the Normans arrived was already the wealthiest and most cultured city in Europe. The churches and the palaces of this period, with their elegant style and rich decorations still impress everyone who comes here. The refined Catalan Gothic style gave way to the Renaissance and then the Spanish Baroque. There is so much to see and enjoy – the parks, the restaurants, the market, the port – and then there is the imposing opera house “Teatro Massimo” where, during the season, some spectacular productions are presented.


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