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Cefalù cathedral

The cathedral of Cefalù, dedicated jointly to the Savior and Sts. Peter and Paul, was founded by King Roger II of Sicily and authorized by the antipope the king supported, Anacletus II, in 1131. The cathedral clergy were Augustinian canons from Bagnara in Calabria, and Roger II intended the cathedral to be his burial place. The mosaic inscription in the apse mentions the king’s patronage and refers to the completion of the mosaic in 1148, but the cathedral was only consecrated in 1166. The mosaics on the presbytery walls were probably executed in the late 1150s or 1160s, after Roger II’s death in 1154. Bibliography: Demus, Otto (1949). The Mosaics of Norman Sicily. London: Routledge