Former Church of Sant’Agostino (Taormina)

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The former church of Sant’Agostino in Taormina is a 15th century building that now houses the town library and is also used for art exhibitions and cultural events. The church was built in 1486 and was originally dedicated to St. Sebastian. Later, in 1530, the Augustinians built the nearby convent. The appearance of the Church of Sant’Agostino is in the late Sicilian Gothic style, except for the bell tower and one of the portals, which were rebuilt in the 1700s. Since 2001 the church has housed the Municipal Library, which contains more than 22,000 volumes, of which 2,000 are dedicated to Sicily. The convent’s refectory is now a reading room, while the other rooms house a historical archive. Inside the former church of St. Agostino was preserved the polyptych by Antonello de Saliba, which is now in the Cathedral of Taormina.

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