Church of San Michele Arcangelo (Taormina)

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The small church of San Michele Arcangelo (St. Michael the Archangel) in Taormina is located just outside the ancient city walls and a few meters from the Palazzo dei Duchi di Santo Stefano. The building probably dates back to the 1600’s and, after being destroyed by bombs in 1943, was rebuilt by salvaging the remains from the rubble. After a long period of closure, the church was reopened to the public in 2011. The exterior architecture has typical Baroque features, with a beautiful portal in pink Taormina marble, which recalls the typical forms of Greek temples, both in the architrave and in the Ionic-inspired capitals. The interior has a single nave and a beautiful wooden beam ceiling. Under the church of San Michele Arcangelo there is a crypt, which can be entered through an opening in the floor closed by a grate, from which you can see a staircase in rough material leading to the basement.

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