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San Cataldo Church

Where La Martorana preserves its interior, the small pink-domed Chiesa di San Cataldo (Piazza Bellini 3; admission free, 9am-3.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-12.30pm Sat, 9am-l pm Sun & public holidays) is almost bare inside. It was founded in the 1150s by Maio of Bari (WilIiam I's Emir of Emirs) but was not finished due to Maio's murder in 1160, hence the lack of adornment within. However, its main interest lies in the exterior, which illustrates perfectly the synthesis of Arab-Norman styles.