San Carlo al Corso Church

Noto, Italy

The Carlo al Corso church replaced an earlier church. This church likely designed by Rosario Gagliardi, was part of the town reconstruction after the 1693 Sicily earthquake.

The concave façade has three superimposed orders of columns, identified by their capitals from base to roofline as Doric, Ionic and Corinthian; in the progression expected in classical construction. The third story has floral oculus. The interior has a longitudinal layout with a barrel vault sustained by pilasters. The main altar was rescued from the prior church.

Inside the church, the 18th-century altarpieces display a Sacrifice of Isaac; a Flight into Egypt; a DepositionSan Carlo Borromeo ministering to those ill with the plague; a Virgin and Child with saintsBiblical SceneSt Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order; and wood icon of St Aloyitius Gonzaga, another Jesuit saint. The main altar is flanked by marble statues symbolizing Faith and Hope respectively, sculpted by Giuseppe Giuliano. The nave ceiling is frescoed by Costantino Carasi, depicting the Transfiguration and the Healing of the Paralytic, with a central panel depicting the Triumph of the Agnus Dei. The spandrels that support the dome are frescoed with the evangelists, and just below are four allegorical statues depicting the respective cardinal virtues.



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Founded: 1693
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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AC (9 months ago)
Stunning on entry to Noto. It is the first major monument and looks even more stunning from the rooftop of the San Carlos church
João Moreira (12 months ago)
The church itself is quite bare but the highlight is the view from the rooftop - absolutely worth the €2 price of admission. Just make sure you do not have reduced mobility, the spiral staircase is an adventure in itself and is only for those who are fit and comfortable with tight spaces
Desmond Cole (2 years ago)
Went in here to see the interior and a wedding was just starting conducted in English. Great to see the bridal party arrive and watch the ceremony. Another beautiful Baroque interior with some good information about the history and art.
Dan M (4 years ago)
One of the most beautiful churches in Notto There are so many Churches in Notto, the Golden city. This one is one of the more beautiful churches, especially inside. You should also climb the Campanile to its top which adds to the experience (it is not expensive, just be careful with the narrow stairs). It is quite easy to get to this Church as you'll certainly walk Notto's main avenue, Corso Vittorio Emanuele III. It is located just 100 meters from the Cathedral, the main landmark in Notto and 20 meters form Caffe Sicila, the best and most famous eatery in Notto (don't even think not stopping there, it would be a massive Fomo). So don't miss it and after climbing to the Campanile, have a cold drink or a Granita at Caffe Sicilia.
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