Montevergine Church

Noto, Italy

Montevergine Church was built between 1695 and 1697, after the 1693 Sicily earthquake that leveled the town. It was built for the Benedictine nuns of the Order of Monte Vergine. The church is dedicated to St Jerome. The concave facade, flanked by two bell-towers, was completed in 1748 by Vincenzo Sinatra. The church rises at the top of stone steps, and the layout has a single nave flanked by Corinthian columns, and a rich stucco decoration. The interior has altarpieces by Constantino Carasi, including a Marriage of the Virgin and a Pieta.

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Founded: 1695
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Valerio Trionfetti (3 months ago)
Simple but interesting church. Nice to climb the bell tower, you have a beautiful view of the Cathedral.
Carlos Liborio Curreri (11 months ago)
A beautiful place full of history.
Patrizia Colangeli (15 months ago)
Deconsecrated church. It is located at the top end of Via Corrado Nicolaci. Road where the Noto rigging takes place every year!
Massimiliano Di Maio (2 years ago)
Church placed at the top of the hill used for the infiorata and from which you can reach the top of the bell tower which is an excellent observation point. The interior has a beautiful Vietri terracotta floor, and is used as a "museum" for religious processions, in the various parishes of the city.
Lyuben Petrov (2 years ago)
A small but charming church next to Nicholas Palace. Beautifully shaped facade. A small but charming church next to Nicholas Palace. Beautifully shaped facade.
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