Si Trova: a Taormina
Lat: 37° 51' 7.032187" N - Long: 15° 16' 58.69010" E
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The Badia Vecchia was built in the fourteenth century on the remains of a Norman tower placed in defense of Taormina walls.
It probably housed an Abbey in which among other things would have lived Euphemia of Sicily, regent of the Kingdom of Sicily since 1355, and was called 'old' to distinguish it from the 'new' Badia, which is that of the Sanctuary in Valverde.
The tower underwent a major restoration during which were installed many valuable ornaments in the main facade, facing the interior of the country, and in the side ones: mullioned windows with central rosettes, a Ghibelline battlements; a wise use of chromatism derived from the contrast between the white stone of Syracuse and the black lava rock.
The entire building obtained a still fascinating elegance and, despite the various changes suffered over the centuries, it is a marvelous example of Sicilian gothic architecture.
Today it is home to the Archaeological Museum of Taormina and exhibits numerous findings from the Hellenistic, Roman and medieval periods, coming from various excavations carried out in the city.
There is also an area dedicated to submarine finds, and it is possible to admire an example of canalization of the Roman period.
What happened in Sicily: 27 November
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St George's Portal
An example of Gothic-Catalan architectural style
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