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Ragusa Ibla: photos, description (Ragusa Ibla)

Ragusa Ibla - the historical district of the Sicilian city of Ragusa, full of monuments of Baroque architecture, including magnificent palaces and churches. It is also one of the most popular among tourists places to explore.

Ragusa Ibla has been inhabited by people since ancient times. This growing and prosperous city stare and the ancient Greeks and Romans, Normans, and Arabs. For centuries Ragusa Ibla passed from hand to hand, but in the 11th century began a period of decline. In 1693, the year a terrible earthquake destroyed the South of Sicily, has not escaped this fate and Ragusa Ibla. The old town has been restored only partially, and the new settlement was built in the upper part of the city.

The Cathedral of San Giorgio was built in the early 18th century by the architect Rosario Gagliardi on the site of the temple, which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1693, the year. The Cathedral is notable only in the city portal in the style of Catalan Gothic. The facade attracts the attention of a staircase with 250 steps and massive ornate columns, statues of saints and a richly decorated portals. The Church is crowned with a huge neoclassical dome built in 1820 MGOU.

On a narrow street that connects Ragusa Ibla with Ragusa Superiore (Upper town), stands the Church of Santa Maria delle Rock, built between the 15th and 16th centuries. Also seriously injured during the devastating earthquake, the Church was half restored in the Baroque style, and the second half retained the original Gothic style, including three portal in the Catalan style in the right lateral chapel. One of the chapels of the Church is notable for the portal in the Renaissance style. The chapel is also decorated with paintings by Sicilian artists of the 18th century.

Another interesting Church of the area - Santa Maria del Itria, built on the initiative of the Maltese knights in the 17th century. It has a bell tower with ceramic decoration and paintings, attributed to brush Mattia Preti.

Finally, you can see the Church San Giorgio of the 18th century superimposed on each other columns on the façade; San Giovanni with statues of the 17th century; San Antonio - a fine example of Norman architecture with Gothic portal; the Chiesa Dell'immacolata di with beautiful portal of the 14th century, and San Giorgio Vecchio with a lunette depicting St. George slaying the dragon. Interesting views of three of the old Church of Cappuccini Vecchi, San Domenico and San Giacomo - opens from the territory of the Hyblaean Gardens. From there you can explore the surrounding mountains and valleys is one of the most beautiful views of Sicily.

Of secular buildings noteworthy Palazzo Zacco - Baroque Palace with Corinthian columns, caryatids and grotesques.