Si Trova: a Taormina
Lat: 37° 51' 20.12003" N - Long: 15° 17' 23.65557" E
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Looking at the baroque church of San Pancrazio, from the second half of the 1600s, in the lower part of the right side twelve rows of squared Taormina stone blocks are visible; they are some of the stones belonging to the Greek temple of Jupiter Serapis of the III century BC, incorporated in the church.
Moreover, thanks to recent renovations, a good part of the north-east wall of the temple and the tiers of stairs was highlighted.
Also included in the temple is a piece of gray granite column in the church courtyard.
In practice the church was built entirely using the cell of the Greek temple.
The attribution of the temple to Jupiter Serapis is due to the discovery of two inscriptions in Greek and in Latin preserved in the antiquarium of Taormina, and to a beautiful statue of the Priestess of Iside with bushel, now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Palermo.
Another finding that allowed the attribution of the temple to Jupiter Serapis was a gold ring found in 1742 and subsequently lost; it belonged to the priest of the temple and bore the Greek inscription "Ietro Ilio Sacerdos of Sun".
From the Arab domination onwards, the temple had to be used as a Christian church.
As reported in Greek hagiographies, San Pancrazio was the first Bishop of Taormina and of Sicily; he came from Antioch and chose Taormina for his work of evangelization, and here he was martyred.
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