San Giorgio Cathedral

Ragusa, Italy

The Duomo of San Giorgio is a Baroque church located in Ragusa Ibla, old part of Ragusa. Its construction began in 1738 and ended in 1775.

The church is one of the greatest expressions of Baroque style and religious architecture in Ragusa. It was designed by Rosario Gagliardi of Noto, an architect and a prominent figure of the then artistic movement. It stands on top of a monumental staircase and its angled position pointing to the square amplifies its majesty and plastic effects, also exalted by a slightly convex front side. The façade, with three orders, was built following the “tower” pattern: it grows up like a pyramid and incorporates the bell tower into the façade ending with a bulbous pinnacle.

The central door is finely carved with six high-reliefs made by Palermo native artist Vincenzo Fiorelli in 1793. Images depict the martyrdom of San Giorgio. In the second order, there is a frame with carvings adorned with a stained-glass window, which shows San Giorgio slaying the dragon; on the sides, it stands the equestrian statues of San Giorgio and St. James the Apostle. The third order, instead, contains the belfry on top of which stands an antique clock. Next to it, there are two statues of San Pietro and San Paolo.The church’s Latin cross plan is characterized by three naves separated by two sturdy columns.

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Salita Duomo 13, Ragusa, Italy
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Founded: 1738-1775
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Shin (3 years ago)
Very beautiful. But also powerful.
HPN-Fotografie (3 years ago)
Amazing ??
Ezio Accaputo (4 years ago)
Beautiful church and historical city
Vassilis Arvanitopoulos (5 years ago)
A "very nice feeling" place in an extraordinary hill separated from Ragusa. The church is impressive due to its size and architecture. The narrow and long square in the feet of the church offers many places to sit and enjoy. Sicilians are proud of this jewel. Its nice to approach the Ibla region on foot, using the "secret" paths with stairways. A more difficult way but you are benefitted with a great view of the hole hill that you cannot see if you go by bus/car.
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