Church of San Carlo al Corso (Noto)

Search Hotel, B&B and Vacation Homes

The Church of San Carlo al Corso in Noto, with its curvilinear façade, characterizes the scenery of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Also known as the Church of the College, it is one of the monuments included in the UNESCO Itinerary of the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto. From the terrace of the bell tower of the church there is a fantastic view of the Cathedral of Noto and the entire skyline of the city.

History and architecture of the Church of San Carlo al Corso in Noto

The church of San Carlo al Corso in Noto was built between 1736 and 1746, designed by Vincenzo Sinatra according to some and Rosario Gagliardi according to others. It is also known as Chiesa del Collegio because it is attached to the former Jesuit College, built in the second half of the 18th century to a design by Francesco Maria Sortino. He also designed the church’s octagonal dome, which was added in 1738. The curvilinear façade of the church is one of the most beautiful in Noto. It is divided into three levels, with Doric columns on the lower level, Ionic on the middle level and Corinthian on the upper level.

The interior of the Church of San Carlo al Corso in Noto

The interior of the church of San Carlo al Corso di Noto is a Latin cross with three naves. The vault is decorated with stucco and frescoes attributed to Costantino Carasi. On the high altar there is a huge sculpture representing the Light of Christ from the old Jesuit convent of Noto Antica. On the sides, however, there are marble statues symbolizing faith and hope, works of the sculptor Giuseppe Giuliano. On the entrance porch there is a beautiful 18th century organ, rich in gilded stucco and four statues of angels holding a garland of flowers.

The Jesuit College

Attached to the church of San Carlo al Corso is the imposing building of the former Jesuit College. It was active until 1767, when the Jesuits were expelled from Noto. In 1810 the building was chosen as the site of the first Liceo-Ginnasio of the city. The Baroque façade is decorated with bas-relief floral decorations representing roses and garlands. Part of the building now houses the Convitto delle Arti di Noto, where art exhibitions and shows are often held.

Aggiungi ai preferiti

Leave a Reply

See others sights