History

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The fate and the history of Cefalù (known as Kephalodion in ancient times) are linked to its privileged position, situated in the center of the northern coast of Sicily, the magical promontory dominates the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Many men and rulers’s testimonies have been left behind over time. Even though most of the archaeological excavations revealed the presence of life in prehistoric times, many other facts show how important the city was in the Hellenistic age, especially when Cefalù was a compulsory stop among the Magna Graecia colonies. The urban center reached its peak in the Norman period, when King Roger II ordered the construction of the cathedral, renowned for its iconography of the mosaic of Christ Pantocrator.