Cathedral, San Nicola--page 1 (of two pages)

18th century
Rosario Gagliardi and Vincenzo Sinatra





Located in an elevated spot and the most prominent location in the city, San Nicola fronts a plaza called in the 18th century Piano di Chiesa Madre e Casa Senatoria. San Nicola earlier was the Chiesa Madre but raised to cathedral status in 1844. The building history of this church is complicated. According to Tobriner there were probably three architects throughout the 18th century with the third responsible for the front towers and the second the facade. The dome was built in the 19th century and rebuilt again after its collapse in 1996.

The front facade

 
 
 

The side towers, probably completed in the late eighteenth century

 

Side portal;
blind pedimented niche on tower bay

 

Sculptures of the Evangelists high above the side portals;
right: St. Luke with his symbol the Ox

 

St. Luke and St. John




Continue to page 2--interior views.

Works Consulted or Quoted:
The Baroque Art in Val di Noto [official guidebook] Palermo, n.d.
Grady, Ellen. Sicily [Blue Guide]. New York: Norton, 2006.
Tobriner, Stephen. The Genesis of Noto. London: Zwemmer, 1982.



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