Church of San Pancrazio
The Church of Saint Pancrazio arises out of the ruins of the greek temple of Jupiter Serapis. A thesis which is based on clear stretches of the temple walls that were incorporated in the church with as many as 12 rows of Taormina stone blocks, stacked without the use of lime. Today, these surviving Taormina limestone blocks, are an integral part of the north and south walls of the church.... Continua a leggere There are several archaeological finds in the area of the sanctuary, which confirm the existence in situ of the Jupiter Serapis temple. The most decisive amongst all the finds was a gold ring found in 1742, weighing an ounce and a half, bearing an inscription in greek, whose translation \\\"Jethro Ilio Priest of the Sun\\\", leads to the conclusion that the ring belonged to the priest of the temple of Jupiter Serapis, who supervised the celebration of religious rites. The architecture of St. Pancrazio Church, in baroque style, has the portal with jambs and lintels in Taormina stone, adorned by two columns in Ionian style. Between the two right columns is the statue of S. Procopio represented with the cassock and miter on his head: his heart in his raised right hand, signifying the kind of martyrdom which he suffered. In fact, St. Procopio, Bishop of Taormina at the time of the Arab conquest of Taormina, was martyred by the Saracens that pulled out his heart . The church is preceded by a large courtyard and fenced compound of red clay brick and surrounded by ten round masonry arches, between the pillars there are large Taormina stone blocks that serve as rustic seats that are part of the ancient temple, once a gathering place of pilgrims waiting to access the temple to attend the sacred ceremonies.
Celebration of Weddings: Celebrations must be agreed with the Priest
The Church of San Pancrazio is located in Viale san Pancrazio, near Porta Messina
Visiting Hours: Sunday 9.00 – 11.00
Tel.: + 39 942 23123
Number of Seats: 58 seats
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