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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Ispica

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Architectural Building
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  • Built immediately after the terrible earthquake of 1693 which shook eastern Sicily as it felt the need for a place to host the statue of the blessed Christ at the column, miraculously escaped the destruction of the old church present the Cava Ispica. In fact you chose to build the chapel of the blessed Christ with the stones of the old church. Over the years the building began to expand. In 1696 are already completed, in addition to the altar of the blessed Christ at the column, also the main altar, dedicated to santa Maria Maggiore and Sant'Anna and san Corrado. In the first half of the eighteenth century the works continued under the guidance of the architect Rosario Gagliardi netino bringing them to term around 1725. The consecration took place on 11 March 1725. But in 1727 another earthquake brought down the right aisle, across the roof and part of the dome and work resumed, continuing for another thirty years, where he took care of the adornment of the Church and the outside. In 1749 Vincenzo Sinatra finished the Loggia, elliptical for model of Bernini's Colonnade at St. Peter's, and between 1750 and 1761 from Palermo Giuseppe Gianforma completed the stucco. Finally, the Marquis of Ispica Francis Xavier Sally decided to give the job to paint the entire Church with images of the new and the old testament to one of the leading painters of the 18th century in Sicily, the painter Olivio Sozzi. He did not end the work since he died in 1765 falling from scaffolding in the chapel of the assumption. On 19 June 1763 the Church was consecrated by the Bishop as the only basilica in the town. In 1768 Vito D'Anna painted the picture today brought to the high altar. Thanks to the collection of paintings and frescoes, considered important to the history of painting in Sicily, on February 24, 1908 the basilica was erected as a national monument [1]. Today the entire workforce of frescoes is considered one of the great masterpieces of 18th century in Sicily so much that a draft version of the central panel depicting the new and the Old Testament is in the Louvre in Paris. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  • Perhaps the most beautiful church of Ispica, in terms of size, wealth and solemnity, closed in front of the equally magnificent rococo Lodge of Sinatra. The aisles are extremely rich, especially the side chapels: a real Museum. Not to be missed!
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  • Worth visiting if you're in the area with the outside porch they make a wonderful scenography
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