In Palermo, Sicily, Ambassador Ahmed visited the great cathedral of Palermo where he discusses the Islamic heritage of Sicily and the issues surrounding Muslim immigration to Italy today.
The Palermo Cathedral was originally constructed in the 12th century on the site of the main mosque of Palermo during the period of Muslim rule beginning in the 9th century. It is today the largest cathedral in Sicily. The cathedral is the final resting place for two of the great leaders in Sicilian history: Roger II and Frederick II. Both leaders were committed to the spirit of La Convivencia and promoted a distinct culture which brought together the different peoples inhabiting Sicily.