This is a tiny stone church just outside Porta Catania. The church was built around 1330 and is a simple rectangle with a small bell tower at one corner. It was almost destroyed by Allied bombing in 1943 and has been rebuilt from the rubble.
It is now decommissioned and has permanent tableau of the nativity across the east end of the church. This is based on Taormina and there are the remains of the Greek theatre, streets with stepped alleyways off them and shops. The butcher’s shop even has meat hanging up outside it. It is great fun.
Don’t miss the small C18th clay and plaster figures Sicilian Shepherds displayed on the wall.
There are more pictures of Taormina “here.”:http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/otherholidays/sicily/day_five/index.html