Church of Varò
The Church of Varò, whose name is translated into Spanish as Visitation is seen immediately after completing the climb of the flight of steps to the right, following the Porta Clock Tower. The church, representing a very common rustic style of architecture was commissioned by Cav. Blasio Corvaja in the late eighteenth century and was completed by his brother Sigismund in the early nineteenth century. In reality it was only a restoration and an enlargement of a primitive church.... Continua a leggere The portal, whose doorway is built of doorposts and architraves in Taormina stone, opens on the main side onto via Conte Ruggero, whilst to the east, crossing a short staircase, there is a second portal that looks right onto the Varò square. It also has pink marble jambs and lintels in Taormina. Right behind the church there is a small bell tower where two bells are housed, while on the north side there are two arched windows guarding a third bell. In the church there is a common tomb of the Congregation of the Vapor, on which is this inscription: \"To life, to life mors, to death aeternitas Nemini park. Mihi hodie cras tib.Quid Superbis pulvis et cinis? Et dives, et fortis Veniunt ad funera mortis.A.Dom. 1776, that is, \"Life hangs from a thread, death from life, eternity from death. I do not save anyone. Today to me, tomorrow to you. Why do you get dust and ash? The rich, the strong, come to the funerals of death. \"Year of the Lord 1776. Behind the main altar we find a fresco by the Messina painter Vincent Tuccari dated 1699. The fresco represents the triumph of the Cross, which is dominated by the figure of Saint Michael the Archangel, surrounded by a host of festive angels. On a smaller altar can be found the work that has given its name to the Varò church or the Visitation, the triptych of the Messina painter Antonino Giuffrè, representing \"the Visitation of the Virgin Mary\", currently on display at the Museum of Messina. Further proof that the Corvaja brothers were restricted to restore the church between the end of 1700 and the beginning of 1800, having been made by a creator such as Giuffrè who resided in the second half of 1400. Below the bell tower, there is an ancient crypt that is reached by passing the stage where the church organ is located. It is decorated with a large fresco painted crucifix, traces of which remain in the crypt wall. A testimony that assigns the origins of the church to the early centuries of the Christian era, at the time of persecution when Christians were forced to take refuge in hidden and underground places to profess their faith; In fact, the crypt means hidden place, from Greek cryptos. This thesis would confirm the conviction that the Church of Varò is the oldest church in Taormina, since the crypts were real churches at the time of persecution against Christians To the right of the main altar stands the tomb of Count Giovanni Romano e Dente with the Count\'s dormant statue. The church has only one aisle, imposing the tradition of neighborhood churches and peripherals that were designed to accommodate a limited number of believers.
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The Church of Varò is situated in via dei Fabi or Piazza del Varò
Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9.30/12.30 All fridays during Lent 16.00/20.00
Tel.: + 39 942 23123
Number of Seats: 128 Seats
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