Kapoors Year 9A: Paris/Sicily/Myanmar/Nepal travel blog

What A Perfect Afternoon To Visit The Town Of Noto, Famous For...

The Cathedral San Nicolò, Whose Dome Collapsed In 1996 During A Thunderstorm,...

We Joined A Guided Tour Of The Nearby Chiesa Di San Carlo...

The Interior Was Stunning, But We'd Read That The Views From The...

We Could Look Down On The Piazza Municipo With An Ariel View...

One Gets A Much Better Sense Of The Size Of The Cathedral...

From This Height We Could See Hebrew Lettering Inside The Chiesa Di...

We Were Standing Behind This Lattice Screen That Was Intended To Shield...

We Climbed To The Uppermost Level Of The Bell Tower, Protected From...

From This Vantage Point We Could Peer Down Into the Cloisters And...

Or Turning Around In The Opposite Direction, Across The Town And Out...

This Was The Route We Planned To Take, Along The Coast And...

This View Is Looking Back Along The Corso Vittorio Emanuele, The Chiesa...

Across The Street, The Chiesa Di Santa Chiara Has A Cute Little...

One Can't Visit Noto Without Tasting The Famous Gelato Produced Here, Pistachio...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Noto:

“Flattened in 1693 by an earthquake, Noto was grandly rebuilt by its nobles. It is now the finest baroque town in Sicily, especially appreciable at night when the illuminations introduced in 2006 accentuate its beauty and intricately carved facades.

The baroque masterpiece is the work of Rosario Gagliardi and his assistant, Vincenzo Sinatra, local architects who also worked in Ragusa and Modica. Recently added to Unesco’s list of World Heritage sites, Noto’s fragile sandstone buildings are currently undergoing extensive restoration.

On 16 March 1996 the town was horrified when the roof and dome of the cathedral collapsed during a thunderstorm – luckily it was 10.30pm and the cathedral was empty. In June 2007 the cathedral finally re-opened after lengthy reconstruction.

The San Nicoló Cathedral stands in the centre of Noto’s most graceful square, Piazza Municipio, and is surrounded by elegant town houses. For sweeping rooftop views of Noto’s baroque splendour, climb the campanile (bell tower) at Chiesa di San Carlo al Corso or Chiesa di Santa Chiara.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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