Si Trova: a Noto
Lat: 36° 53' 29.09001" N - Long: 15° 4' 14.33939" E
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The Cathedral of Noto, a true baroque jewel, rises majestically on the top of a wide staircase.
It was elevated to the rank of minor basilica in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Its construction began in 1694, and was completed in 1703, although it had some reconstructions and the dome was rebuilt the following century, as the previous one had collapsed due to earthquakes.
The interior, with three naves, contains numerous works of art, some of which come from Ancient Noto, including the silver urn containing the mortal remains of Saint Conrado Confalonieri.
On the evening of March 13, 1996, a serious constructive defect of the pillars of the central nave caused the collapse of the dome, the entire right aisle, the central nave and the transept.
The reconstruction and restoration work were carried out by local workers with the same materials and techniques of the eighteenth century, but also using modern anti-seismic methods.
The fresco of the dome, depicting Pentecost, and that of the four evangelists, belong to the Russian painter Oleg Supereko.
The stained glass windows are by the Tuscan artist Francesco Mori.
The Cathedral is open in the morning from 9:00 to 13:00 and in the afternoon from 15:00 to 20:00.
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