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Lat: 36° 51' 36.83274" N - Long: 14° 45' 39.51494" E
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The church of San Nicolò inferiore dataes back to at least the 12th century.
It is the oldest church in Modica and the most important evidence of Modica rock architecture.
As the time goes by it was forgotten, and became a stable, then a "dammuso" and finally a garage, until 1987, when the director of the civic museum Duccio Belgiorno rediscovered it.
The church has a central plan, Basilian, of Eastern worship.
The apse has preserved some beautiful Byzantine frescoes, dominated by a Christ Pantocrator enclosed in a large almond and surrounded by angels.
There are still five of the fifteen original decorative panels, depicting some saints, the Madonna and Saint Nicholas, the Annunciation and the Archangel Gabriel.
The Pantocrator has the right hand blessing; in the left He holds the open gospel with the writing "Ego sum lux mundi".
The apses were probably repainted in the 14th-15th century; the most well-known and preserved panels belong to this cycle.
The excavations have unearthed a small pit in the floor that perhaps served as a baptismal font, and a series of tombs still largely unexplored.
The church is open every day except Mondays from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00.
Admission costs 2.50 euros.
For info tel: 0932 752897
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