Corvaja Palace - Taormina
During the 1275th century, during the Arab occupation the city was fortified with the construction of a tower where the agora of the Greeks, the forum of the Romans and the ruins of the monastery, built in XNUMX, of the canonical nuns of Valverde existed. This construction still constitutes the central nucleus of Palazzo Corvaja today.
The building was enlarged at the end of the 1411th century with the addition of the building which develops on the left of the entrance door. The latter, known as the “Hall of the Master Executioner”, was erected by Juan de Termes, appointed by Frederick II, Prefect and Master of Justice. With this extension, a small staircase is added that leads from the access courtyard to the first floor. On the landing, three splendid high-relief panels in Syracuse stone are visible, depicting the creation of Eve, original sin and the expulsion from paradise. The right wing of the building was built at the beginning of the fifteenth century to allow the meetings of the Sicilian Parliament, convened starting from XNUMX in the great fifteenth-century hall, by Bianca di Navarra, second wife of the late king Martino the young and regent of the kingdom of Sicily . For this reason, the palace also takes the name of the Palace of the Parliament or of the White Queen of Navarre who ruled Sicily at that time and chose the palace as a summer residence.
The current name of the palace refers to the noble Corvaja family, who lived there from 1538 to 1945. After many transformations, in 1946 the palace was restored by the architect Armando Dillon.
Currently the first floor houses the museum of popular arts and traditions while on the ground floor there is the tourist information office.
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