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  • Every day from 06:30 pm until 10:00 pm, May 24 2018 to Jun 04 2018
  • Beit Beirut, Sodeco, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Exhibitions, Arts & Culture

Mediterranean Encounters - A Fascinating Architectural Legacy: Arab-Norman Palermo

Opening May 24th, 6.30 p.m. running until June 4th, at Beit Beirut – Beirut.
“Mediterranean Encounters. A Fascinating Architectural Legacy: Arab-Norman Palermo” is a photographic exhibition organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Lebano, the Italian Embassy, in cooperation with Beit Beirut, the ideal setting for an event shedding light on the positive outcome of intercultural dialogue, and with the patronage of the city of Palermo. This event is part of “Italy, Cultures and The Mediterranean”, an initiative by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

On display Francesco Ferla’s iconographic work on Arab-Norman architecture. His artistic photos will take you back to one of the most captivating and creative times of Italian history. In the Middle Ages, Southern Italy was a crucible where a new civilization came into being. This development was made possible by intercultural dialogue. Multiculturalism, diversity, served as a crucible for the forging of a new, daring style of Architecture, Arab-Norman, blending Italian and Middle-Eastern traditions. During the Norman Kingdom (1130-1194), Sicily in particular experienced a degree of freedom which was unheard of in most parts of Europe. Different religious communities coexisted, and different languages (Latin, Greek, Old German, Arabic) were spoken. This event will certainly resonate with the Lebanese, one of the most culturally diverse people in the Mediterranean.