Modica is a baroque towns in the Hyblaean Mountains near Ragusa, famous for its baroque architecture. Founded in 1360 BC or 1031 BC, the city was initially Greek, then ruled by the Romans, the Ostrogoths, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Normans and finally annexed by Italy in 1860. Modica contains lots of ancient medieval buildings which climb steeply up either side of a deep gorge. The highlight of the city is the cathedral of San Giorgio (i.e. the cathedral of Modica or Duomo di San Giorgio in Italian), which is the result of restorations in the 17th and 18th centuries of a church dating back to the 12th century following earthquake damage. Together with the other baroque towns in the Noto valley, Modica has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2002.

01 San Pietro church 02 Historic centre 03 San Giorgio cathedral 04 Tower of San Giorgio cathedral 05 San Giorgio cathedral 06 San Giorgio cathedral
07 San Giorgio cathedral facade 08 San Giorgio cathedral 09 Staircase and portal of San Giorgio cathedral 10 Nave and roof in Modica cathedral 11 Rows of benches in San Giorgio cathedral 12 Organ decorations in San Giorgio cathedral
13 Altar frescoes in Modica cathedral 14 Nave and roof in Modica cathedral 15 Nave and roof in Modica cathedral 16 Nave and roof in Modica cathedral 17 Roof of Modica cathedral 18 Nave and roof in Modica cathedral 19 Modica cathedral - altar area
20 Modica cathedral - altar area 21 Modica cathedral - altar area 22 Modica cathedral - organ and benches
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