Best places to visit in Sicily – The Cathedral of Noto
The Cathedral was built at the centre of the city, and it rises at the top of a grand, three-flighted, staircase. The staircase seems to drive it toward the infinite, and it also divides the main square into two large semi-circular space.
The construction of the building started immediately after the earthquake of 1693, and was completed in 1770.
The plan of the Cathedral is attributed to architect Vincenzo Sinatra, although probably, other architects later turned over its construction.
The facade is therefore a harmonious and homogeneous fusion of baroque and neo-classicism.
It is sub-divided into two linear areas; the superior area, and the inferior area. It proposes four niches and two groups of four Corinthian pillars which create a contrast of light and shadow, thereby giving a splendid special dynamism.
The prospect is completed by two bell-towers at the sides and a large, central facade, decorated by fourteen vases made of limestone, together with four statues.
Inside, the Cathedral shifts towards the classical. The plan, in the shape of a latin cross, is made up of three aisles, with the central aisle being larger than the lateral ones.
The church preserves the silver urn with relic of S. Corrado Confalonieri inside it. It also preserves a collection of rare manuscripts.