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Lat: 37° 51' 6.479691" N - Long: 15° 16' 52.01784" E
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The church of San Francesco di Paola is the first documented cathedral of Taormina.
It seems that it was built between the end of the fourteenth and the beginning of the fifteenth century, but a plaque shows that the complex had arisen in an even older era.
In 1617 the Friars of San Francesco di Paola took possession of it and made it the seat of their convent.
They made a lot of changes.
The building was later expropriated to the Friars by the Piedmontese according to the law on the suppression of religious orders of 1866.
A restoration that took place between 1944 and 1947 brought the building back to its former glory.
The Church is composed of a nave with a ceiling of wooden beams.
On the left side of the nave there are three arches; the central one is supported by two gray granite columns coming from the ancient theater.
Today the church is deconsecrated and is used for exhibitions and events.
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