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Cuba is a suburban palace of the kings of Sicily, made in the Arab-Norman style.
The palazzo was built by William the Second Good on the road leading to the monastery Montreal and the royal residence under construction. The palace was set up in the middle of an artificial pond in a hunting park. Two centuries later, Boccaccio took a fancy to Cuba, who made it the scene of the novel"Decameron".
After Sicily lost its independence, the palace passed from hand to hand. In 1576-1621, the palazzo was used as a hospital, in the XVIII – In the 19th century, a cavalry regiment was located here in the building. The owners of the palace did not care at all about its historical appearance – the pond and park were eventually destroyed, a parade ground surrounded by barracks appeared on the site of the pond.
Nowadays, the palace houses a museum of Arab art. The palazzo is a two-storey cubic building built in the Arab-Norman style. The facade of the building is decorated with lancet windows and false arches. The walls are decorated with stone carvings and carved Kufic inscriptions on the inside.
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