Church of Sant’Agata (Noto)

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The church of Sant’Agata di Noto, designed by the architect Rosario Gagliardi, is the oldest of the churches rebuilt in the city after the earthquake of 1693. It was built in the early 1700s and was connected to a convent of the White Benedictine nuns. It was later converted into a hospital and used until 1982. A scenic flight of steps leads to the cemetery, which is paved with lava stone and river pebbles. The single nave interior has a beautiful dark marble high altar surmounted by a small temple with multicolored marbles. Its small dome is supported by eight small columns of burgundy marble. Along the walls of the church of St. Agatha of Noto you can see splendid stucco decorations, as well as on the vault where there is the fresco The Triumph of St. Agatha by Costantino Carasi. The same painter also created the canvas The Martyrdom of St. Agatha, which is located above the high altar.

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