Byzantine Tombs (Taormina)

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The term Byzantine tombs of Taormina refers to the remains of an ancient necropolis that can be seen when walking along Via Pirandello. They are loculi built according to the “columbarium method”, that is, a series of symmetrical cells placed on top of each other. The loculi, arranged in a beehive, are all the same size (m 2×0.80). They are built with a rather rough masonry mixed with stones and bricks, and they are plastered inside and outside. The burials are organized in blocks of different widths, some of which consist of only two loculi, whose irregular course is due to the orography of the terrain. Each loculus has a vaulted roof and a square opening. According to scholars, the necropolis dates from the Byzantine period, between the 10th and 11th centuries. The Byzantine tombs of Taormina visible today are only a small part of a larger cemetery area that extended northeast between the present remains and the Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

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