Si Trova: nei pressi di Altavilla Milicia
Lat: 38° 2' 14.58818" N - Long: 13° 33' 51.38507" E
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Also known as the Church of St Michele, today it is in state of ruin.
It is one of the very first Arab-Norman style buildings built in Sicily, and is linked to the presence of the Basilian monks in this part of the island during the Norman period.
Workers who worked on its construction also worked on the Cathedral of Cefalù.
It was probably built in 1068, after a victory by the Normans over the Arabs in Misilmeri.
The Norman church stands on the remains of an Arab mosque which in turn must have risen on the remains of a Byzantine church, as evidenced by some recently found burials.
It has a single nave, with three apses and a crypt, and the rest of the monastery of the Basilian monks must have risen near it.
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