Si Trova: a Priolo Gargallo
Lat: 37° 9' 2.357679" N - Long: 15° 11' 30.66840" E
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Among the archaeological surprises of Priolo Gargallo we discover the early Christian basilica of San Focà: a remarkable testimony of the first Christianity in Sicily, and one of the oldest basilicas of the diocese of Syracuse.
The original structure seems to date back to the fourth century AD, and the tradition say that it was built by the bishop of Syracuse Germano.
It was discovered in 1892 by the archaeologist Paolo Orsi, and it is probable that this is the transformation of a previous thermal establishment into a basilica.
The building has been preserved quite well in its original forms; today it has a wooden roof, and in ancient times it had three naves with a barrel vault, divided by thick walls with five round arches.
To the east, the central nave is closed by a small apse.
The north aisle collapsed following the earthquake of 1693.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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