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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Dan M (13 months 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.
Polo Martin (14 months ago)
Good view of Noto from this Church bell tower. It cost 2 EUR to go on top and it's crowd regulated. However, it's difficult to get to the top because steps are small, and stairway is very narrow, where you might not get passed people trying to get up or down, so it's best to organize in small groups. But once on top, you have a pretty good view of the city and landscape. You're next to the bells so you may hear sounds. There are pics of the view on my profile.
Tassilo Kubitz (2 years ago)
For two euros one comes to the tower of this church and has a great panorama over Noto. The spiral staircase is narrow and steep. There are a few niches to dodge. Nevertheless one should make oneself also orally. On sunday evening you will see a wonderful chorus and sound in stereo just from the archiecture.
Moplop (2 years ago)
Great view from the tower. Amazing spiral stairs.
Ashraf MESSIHA (2 years ago)
It's nice view from up but please take care when U are going up or going down in the small stairs
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