The Val di Mazara and Islamic culture - West of Sicily

The Val di Mazara and Islamic culture

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Due to its proximity to Ifriqiya, the Val di Mazara has been closely linked to the cultures of the Maghreb since before the Islamic invasion. As a result, the influence of Islamic artistic culture on its art and architecture is more evident here than in any other area of Sicily.

  • In Mazara del Vallo, don’t miss the Arco Normanno (Norman Arch), the Churches of SS. Salvatore and San Nicolò Lo Regale and a walk in the Medina 
  • In Salemi, where the urban layout in certain districts is shaped by Islamic culture, don’t miss the Arab-Norman castle 
  • In the Archaeological Park of Segesta, look for the remains of the Mosque