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Cuba: pictures, description La Cuba)

Cuba is an amazing example of Arabian - Norman style, the former residence of the Sicilian kings in the neighbourhood of Palermo. The Palace was built in the 12th century at the behest of king William II the Good on the way to his official residence and monastery of Monreale. Exotic Arabic style was not chosen by chance - Wilhelm appreciated the Oriental way of life. According to his idea of the cube was supposed to differ from all known European castles and become a real oasis of calm and relaxation. That is why it was built in the hunting Park on an island in the artificial pond. In the 13th century, the luxurious Palace and its interior was so struck by the great Italian writer Boccaccio, that he made them the scene of one of the novels of his immortal works - "the Decameron".

When the Sicilian Kingdom ceased to exist, Cuba for many decades changed owners and its purpose. In the late 16th - early 17th centuries, it housed a hospital, then, under the Bourbons, the Palace was occupied by a cavalry regiment, which remained there until the 19th century. Unfortunately, the years of "wandering" hands have left their mark on Cuba - the surrounding Park was destroyed, and the place of the pond a square was built with faceless barracks. Today the Palace is owned by the government of the Autonomous region of Sicily, the Museum of Arab art. Near the way, is the Palatine chapel is another monument of Arab-Norman style of Sicily.

The name Cuba comes from the two storey cubic form of the structure. Its facades are decorated with false arches and Lancet Windows are typical elements of this style. On the inner side, you can see stone carvings and Kufic inscriptions. But, alas, the interior decoration of the once magnificent Palace to our days, little realized - the interiors, roof and floor structures have not survived.

You should pay attention to Kubalu - a small pavilion, also built by William II the Good. Its forms it is similar to the main Palace, but has a more modest size. Its characteristic features are the deep red arch and a hemispherical dome, resembling the domes of the churches of San Cataldo and San Giovanni degli eremiti in Palermo. Cupola is at the center of a cosy small garden inside the building is undergoing restoration.