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|General||Taormina is a small town on the eastern coast of Sicily in Italy located in the Province of Messina. Since the 1800s Taormina has been a popular tourist destination. Taormina has many popular beaches on the Ionian Sea.
Taormina dates back to even before the Greeks arrived in Sicily in 832 BC. After the Western Roman Empire fell Taormina was still considered to be one of the most important towns in Sicily. Owing to its strong position it was one of the last places conquered by the Eastern Roman emperors but it was captured in 902 by the Arabs after a two years siege. After two uprisings in 962 and 969 the town was completely destroyed. In honor of Imam al-Muizz the Fatimid Caliph Taormina was renamed Al-Muizzia. Taormina stayed under Muslim rule until 1078 when it was captured by Roger I of Sicily the Norman count. After the fall of the Normans, Taormina became under the control of the Angeivines and then the Aragonese. In 1410 King Martin II of Sicily was elected by the Sicilian Parliament. Taormina later became under Spanish suzerainty and became a city in the 1600s. In 1675 it came under French rule.
Taormina used to be a station on the second oldest railroad in the area. In the 1800s Taormina became one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe. Many famous people came to vacation in Taormina including Oscar Wilde, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Nicholas I of Russia, Richard Wagner, Nietsche and more
One of the most interesting monuments in Taormina is the Ancient Theatre. It is one of the most visited ruins in all of Sicily because of its amazing preservation and its beauty. The theatre is the second largest in all of Sicily after Syracuse and is often used for operas, theatre performances and concerts. Many of the original seats are no longer there but the cavea and proscenium are still there. |
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