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Lat: 38° 11' 42.35344" N - Long: 15° 33' 15.42590" E
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Found between 1061 and 1101 under the Gran Conte Ruggero, the small church of San Tommaso il vecchio, declared a National Monument, is an important and significant architectural monument of the Norman era with Byzantine characters.
It has an exquisite architecture, presents itself as a parallelepiped with a small apse and four doors on the sides, surmounted by an Arab-style dome.
The complex has been remodeled several times over the centuries; an intervention that took place in 1530 is recalled by a Latin inscription placed above the rosette of the façade.
The interior is decorated with dark stone profiling on a light background.
Before 1530 the church had a sloping roof, a wider portal and frescoes in the apse area.
Following the suppression of religious corporations, in 1866 the church, with all the garden in which it was located, was sold to private individuals, and a baker used the dome to bake bread.
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