Santa Maria la Nova Church

Scicli, Italy

Santa Maria La Nova is a Baroque-style church in Scicli. A church at the site, dedicated to Santa Maria della Pietà, was present by the 6th-7th centuries. This church was destroyed during the Norman conquest. Reconstruction under the sponsorship of the Confraternity of the same name was funded by Pietro Di Lorenzo Busacca that, doing the will in 1567. The rebuilt church was then destroyed by the 1693 earthquake.

Like most other churches in town, it has a facade with three orders, divided into three compartments by pilasters, two Ionic and one Corinthian. The third story links to a belltower with a stone balustrade. The original designer was Giovanni Venancio Marvuglia, but his work was carried out by Cardona, with the interior stucco decoration completed in 1801 by Emanuele and Domenico Ruiz. The nave is flanked by three chapels on each side with a dome at the crossing. The upper story and vaults of the nave were begun in 1817 and the stuccoes not completed until 1851 by Gianforma. The church was reconsecrated in 1857.



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Founded: 1801
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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DESIREE LAFORNI (5 months ago)
One of the few bell towers that survived the earthquake of 1693
Paolo Oddo (2 years ago)
Church dating back to the first building of the fifteenth century, owes its name to the prevalently funerary use that was made of it. Bel thirty crypts, in fact, were found during the renovation of the floor, not yet completed. Inside it is possible to admire the simulacra of "Cristo alla Colonna", "Cristo alla Croce", Madonna dello Spasimo ". Inside the rectory a museum has been set up with the restoration laboratory and where it is possible to see one of the six natural mummies found during the works. The church can be visited every day because it is kept open by the "Museo del Campanile - Triskele" group.
Flavio Gate (2 years ago)
The exterior does not make a good impression, it needs restoration (the bell tower is splendid, though). Inside ... the unreplaced floor is missing, after some burials and six mummies were discovered. You are therefore welcome to pay the entrance fee, hoping that the Church can be restored to its former glory. To see the beautiful wooden statues depicting Christ. The papier-mâché statue of the Madonna of the spasm is intense. Back outside, don't miss the gothic side door that withstood the 1693 earthquake.
Raoul Cilento (3 years ago)
Zero receptivity, sin.
Guglielmo Quinto (4 years ago)
Very beautiful church, no receptivity
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