The arches of the Galilee Chapel at Durham Cathedral.
 
 

Monreale Cathedral

Detail of the columns in the cloisters of Monreale Cathedral, Sicily, late 12th century. The use of gold mosaic, popular in Byzantine art, never really died out, probably because its effect was so dazzling. In this example, the combination of several geometric patterns indicates a strong Islamic influence.

Detail of the columns in the cloisters of Monreale Cathedral, Sicily, late 12th century. (For more information about the building see Paradox Place).

The use of gold mosaic, popular in Byzantine art, never really died out, probably because its effect was so dazzling. In this example, the combination of several geometric patterns indicates a strong Islamic influence.