Si Trova: a Taormina
Lat: 37° 51' 3.708971" N - Long: 15° 16' 58.62734" E
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Dedicated to San Nicola di Bari, the Cathedral is one of the most important medieval monuments of Taormina.
The exterior presents the characteristics of Sicilian Romanesque-Gothic architecture.
This church-fortress was built in the twelfth century on the ruins of a small medieval church.
It has an interesting main portal and three rosettes on three different sides, of Renaissance design.
It has battlements and a tower in which the bells were placed in 1750.
Inside there are works of great artistic value, including some paintings by famous artists from Messina such as Giuffrè and De Saliba.
The three naves are divided by two rows of three pink marble columns of Taormina; four are monolithic, and seem to come from the Greek theater.
The main portal is located between two fifteenth-century mullioned windows, and its jambs are the original ones of the oldest portal.
There are eleven figures carved on each side.
The portals of the side facades are from different eras.
The one to the east is from the first half of the sixteenth century, the one to the west, it is from the second half of the fifteenth century.
On 6 February 1980 St.
John Paul II raised it to the rank of Minor Basilica.
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