Chiesa di Santa Maria Alemanna, Messina

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  • In the Center, not far from central station, we can admire a jewel of Gothic architecture in Sicily, transformed over time in storage and warehouse. The window which covers the main entrance you can see the three naves divided by pillars that support high quality pointed arches, a real shame not to optimize this venue for exhibitions, conferences and much more.
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  • Represents the highest expression of Gothic architecture in the Mediterranean area, and is pure Gothic style, has preserved the skeleton given to him and can be admired in the original style. The primitive facilities are the prerogative of the Cistercian order as a subsidiary of Casamari, line Clairvaux. The Priory of Santa Maria Alemanna is attached to Real Badia della Magione and granted by Emperor Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor the Teutonic order around the year 1195. [1] is made a contiguous hospital, in 1220 by German workers by order of Frederick II of Swabia to ensure to the Teutonic Knights, involved in the Crusades, a place of rest and replenishment. The Knights established their Priory and used the hospital to accommodate returning from the Holy Land and pay their care. It was precisely the Teutonic Knights to name it after Santa Maria Alemanna, name by which it is still known. Old hospital remains only a small track in the form of a pointed arch and a fragment of the wall near the apses of the Church. The building is of a Basilica with three naves separated by pillars with beams-columns adjoining triple from which depart arches slender transverse and longitudinal direction going to close on-pillars arranged along the walls perimeter surveillance. The vaults are ribbed vaults on rectangular bays and end in three apses in the Hemicycle. The right wall of the apse, lit by an opening doubly splayed, welcomes a niche small trefoil. In the restored main gate you will recognize some segments where the ogee archivolt shows a double ring bearing inside pictures of monsters and symbolic figures of pagan ancestry which led scholars to hypothesize a source "gentilesca" of the Church. The material mainly used, in addition to the marble and limestone with gray-green veins, is the plaster (Alabaster selenitica and variants) with particular refractive quality, so as to generate the characteristic alabastrini effects. The only remaining decoration is readable in the capitals of different figurations in floral elements, sometimes mixed at monsters talking human figures.
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  • Beautiful church of the Norman period, unfortunately was closed but also the exterior is very impressive, I find her the most beautiful church in the city, not far from piazza del Duomo. Amazing to think that the level of the Church was that of pre-1908 Messina earthquake.
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  • Very old Romanesque church where Don Miguel de Cervantes and Saavedra was treated after he was wounded at his hand during the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.
  • too cool
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  • Restored antique structure usually closed, sometimes hosts cultural events
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  • Typical normal kerk
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