One of the more important buildings in Taormina is the Palazzo Corvaja, dating to the fifteenth century, but converted from an earlier Arab tower. The facade is unadorned except for the crenellation at the top and the black lava and limestone reliefs. Double windows with triple mullions are topped with fancifully Moorish style arches. The building is mostly closed at present except for the tourist bureau on the street floor. A few displays of artifacts can be seen in two rooms here. These include a splendid painted cart, some marionettes, and some ancient Greek artifacts. Visitors can enter the courtyard with a stairway decorated with reliefs depicting the Birth of Eve and the resulting Original Sin.
This was the site where the Sicilian Parliament first met in 1411 and was the home of Queen Blanche of Navarre for a short period. It was she who had the inscription installed that runs around the outside just under the windows. Forgive me, but I don't remember the significance or the text. Next door is the Church of Santa Caterina.
This location is on the main shopping street of Taormina and is a handy meeting place for tourists meeting their friends. The place is bustling.
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