The Cathedral-Basilica of Cefalù
, (Italian: Duomo di Cefalù
) is a Roman Catholic church in Cefalù, Sicily, Italy.
The cathedral, dating from 1131, was commenced in the Norman style, the island of Sicily h
aving been conquered by the Normans in 1091. According to tradition, the building was erected after a vow made to the Holy Saviour by the King of Sicily, Roger II, after he escaped from a storm to land on the city's beach. The fortress-like character of the building, which, seen from a distance, rises as a huge bulk above its medieval town, may in part reflect the vulnerability of the site to attack from the sea. It also made a powerful statement of the Norman presence.
The cathedral was added to the World Heritage list in July 2015 as part of the 'Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú en Monreale' site.