"You have not brought any kaneh for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses."
- Isaiah 43:23-24, God scolding the Israelite's for not bringing him cannabis
Monreale Cathedral in Sicily
Sicily's Cannabis Cathedral
In 1072 the 'Christians' took control of the island of Sicily from the Arabs who had long held the land. By 1174 the new King of Sicily William II decided to build a grand metropolitan cathedral in the newly conquered land in the picturesque little village of Monreale.
The Monreale Cathedral is unique in that there are three styles depicted in both the architecture and art of the structure. A mix of Norman-French, Byzantine and Arab styles all create a stunning display of spectacular design.
With a swirling mix of cultures one image can be found throughout... Cannabis!
Inside the Monreale Cathedral in Sicily
Gigantic glass mosaics with gold backgrounds dominate the eye throughout the interior of the majestic cathedral. Scenes starting from the book of Genesis all the way up until the new testament are depicted in agonizing detail.
Mosaics of the south side of the nave, Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, Italy 1182
Every inch of wall, arch and ceiling space was used to create brilliant detail to engulf the viewer in the cathedral's narrative.
Mosaics of the north side of the nave, Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, Italy 1182
Mosaics of the east side of the nave, Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, Italy 1182