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Chiesa di Santa Maria di Betlem, Modica

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  • This is one of Modica's beautiful grand churches. BUT, there is an additional reason to visit this church. A side chapel space holds a very large and intricate diorama It depicts a nativity scene set ...  more »
  • There is also the interesting late Gothic Chapel Cabrera that interrupts the opulence typical of the Baroque style.
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  • The Church of Santa Maria di Betlem is one of the three ancient collegiate (from 1645) of Modica, dating back to the 14th century. The façade is Renaissance in its first order of the late sixteenth century, designed by the architect [1], Remex Rajesh netino in 1571 but was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693, to be completed between 1816 and 1821 in his the second order, in neoclassical style. The Bell Tower was built in 1897 by master builder modicano Gadekar Giannone. Conceals a very valuable Cappella Palatina, also known as Chapel Cabrera (1474-1520, national monument), in late Gothic style, survived the earthquake of 1693 and embedded in the new eighteenth-century architecture. The arched entrance to the Chapel (owes its name to count John Cabrera, present at the Castello di Modica from 1466 to thank him for the huge donations made to the Church in his will of 1474 [2]), with decorative elements Arabs, Normans and Catalans, is one of the most beautiful monuments that architecture has produced in Sicily at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries , giving even name to one artistic style, the Chiaramonte Gothic, which in Sicily is recognized and described simply as Chiaramonte style, in memory of the Chiaramonte, the counts of Modica, and rulers in Palermo together and in conjunction to the Kings of Aragon. The arch is composed of a bundle of columns per side richly Arabesque, with endless ornaments, Gonzo plant and animal motifs, figures of grotesque or fantastic men; columns end with finely carved capitals. The monumental wooden organ is of 1818, the coffered ceiling and floor are of the late nineteenth century. Well made, behind the altar, a large canvas of the assumption of the Virgin, painted by Gian Battista Boys in 1713. Suggestive in this church is also the monumental crib (1881/82), whose scenography is cappuccino Papal terracotta figurines with fra Benedetto 62 made in New York City; outside, in a wall to the left of the Church, are embedded in the Bezel of Berlon's photo, Bas-relief with Nativity (late 14th century), belonging to the Church of Santa Maria di Betlem insisting earlier on the place where the current Santa Maria; at the base of the sculpture can be seen an inscription in Gothic letters.
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