Church of St Michael Taormina

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October, 2017

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This is a lovely small church set outside the walls near the former Convent of San Domenico. The church dates from around 1600 but was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1943 and has been rebuilt. It was reopened for worship in 2011.

It is thought it might originally have been the private church for the family of the nearby Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano.

Inside it is a simple and unspoilt church with whitewashed plaster walls. Some of the original carved corbels supporting the roof have been recycled and support the beams of the roof.

The only light is through two small windows high in the walls and another above the door. Above the altar is a statue of St Michael killing the dragon, who represents the devil. On the right wall is a statue of the Virgin and Child presenting a rosary to a kneeling figure.

An open grille covers the steps down to the crypt. There is also an old grave slab from the original church set in the floor.

The church is left open and is worth finding.

Thre are more pictures of Taormina “here.”:


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