Santa Maria delle Scale

Ragusa, Italy

Santa Maria delle Scale was built by the Cistercian monks of the Abbey of Santa Maria di Roccadia in Lentini, in the first half of the 13th century, in a Gothic style. In the second half of the 18th century, because of the increase of the population, the building was enlarged and largely rebuilt in a Baroque style.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Martin Amice (4 months ago)
Authentic and beautiful
Yoss Valensi (6 months ago)
Amazing views
Derek Wong (12 months ago)
Fantastic views from the top.
Edel Mifsud (2 years ago)
Not very much decorated but still nice
emdjed islem (2 years ago)
Divine and great view over the baroque city of Ragusa, one of the best old cities in Sicily. Walked a lot to reach it but that worth the effort. I strongly recommend it this UNESCO heritage (since 2002).
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