Si Trova: a Taormina in via Pirandello
Lat: 37° 51' 0.762114" N - Long: 15° 17' 39.31270" E
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The church of San Pietro was built on the remains of an earlier Greek temple.
It took on its present features through various modifications made over the centuries, from the early Christian era; it is therefore the oldest Catholic church in Taormina.
Subsequent changes occurred in the Byzantine period.
The facade is by the eighteenth century, in Baroque style.
Several excavation under the church have brought to light several architectural remains of the Greek temple, a head of Zeus and a "Table of the Gymnasts": a stele, later preserved in the Capuchin convent.
The interior of the church is from the twelfth century.
In a small apse behind the main altar, fifteenth-century frescoes depict the twelve Apostles.
Under the floor of the church were found numerous burials.
The church was located in the middle of a large cemetery area, some traces of which can still be seen along via Pirandello and in the garden of Villa Carlotta hotel.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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