From the management plan to a protection management system of mosaic decorations in ‘Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral churches of Cefalù and Monreale’ itinerary

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Abstract

The rich Arab - Norman architectural heritage of Palermo is, in its manifestation of different forms ofart, an exceptional and unique result of a cultural syncretism. It describes the city as a privilegedgathering place of the West Christian culture with the Eastern Byzantine Empire and the Islamic worldin the twelfth century.The serial nomination of the ‘Arabic - Norman itinerary of Palermo’ includes monuments holding insidea unique mosaic wall and pavement decoration as one of the major artistic features of its outstandingvalue.Starting from the ‘Management Plan’ presented in December 2011 for the nomination in the WorldHeritage List of UNESCO, the present contribution reflects about the opportunity to include issuesrelated to the preventive conservation management of mosaic decoration within the strategies ofmanagement plan or to relegate this topic exclusively into a specific conservation plan.Through a comparison study with other Word Heritage Sites from Sicily and from the internationalcontext, the paper investigates the opportunity of an interaction between the management plan andthe actions for protection and maintenance of the heritage material essence.The case study of the Arab - Norman itinerary as complex ensemble of sites seems to ask for themanagement of a coordinated and integrated system of protection of this exceptional and fragiledecorative technology that goes beyond the occasional event of a massive restoration site.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Pagine1008-1017
Numero di pagine10
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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