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Nothing Inferior About This Chiesa:)

One could easily miss this tiny church if not looking specifically for it. After visiting so many... read more

Reviewed October 18, 2018
A stunning, twelfth century cave church.

This tiny church has survived earthquakes and floods with its stunning wall paintings intact. Very... read more

Reviewed July 15, 2018
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Reviewed October 18, 2018

One could easily miss this tiny church if not looking specifically for it. After visiting so many breathtakingly beautiful baroque churches the sheer simplicity of this church hewn into the rocks and only discovered in the late 1980ties is stunning. The frescoes are remarkably well...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

This tiny church has survived earthquakes and floods with its stunning wall paintings intact. Very close to the cathedral of Modica Bassa, it is worth the short detour.

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed April 5, 2018

A tiny chapel that you could easy miss, but it is well worth searching it out, and having a look at. Recommend.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank malc1005
Reviewed October 17, 2017

This is a subterranean chapel, from I think the 12th century. It isn't open the whole time, but do make a point of going to it. The reason to do so is that it still has its C12 frescoes, some of them in really good...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

Well preserved Byzantine art. Worth the small admission fee. Well interpreted, peaceful, cool and calm.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Chris G
Reviewed July 14, 2017

This tiny ancient church is so worth a visit. Set in a cave, with Byzantine paintings it is incredible to behold. It's perfectly cool and gorgeously ancient and surprisingly well preserved. A must-see in Modica!

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed February 5, 2017

Tucked away in a corner of a small plaza behind San Pietro is the entrance to this 6th century grotto church/museum. It is carved into the rock and is like a cave.It is in a raw state, The paintings over paintings can be seen, the...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Sue G
Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Very important relic witnesses the byzantine art in Modica. Interesting the way how this site were unexpectedly discovered by a group of little kids while playing street soccer. The ball fallen in the cave and the absyd were found due to some stunning figures painted....More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank ToninoG1974
Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

What an extraordinary find for us. A find that is made all the more amazing amongst all the grander Baroque churches. It seems so honest, there's very little theatre, that the emotions really become felt by all who visit. The man who let us in...More

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank CharlesB2T
Reviewed September 23, 2015

We stumbled upon this 12th century church build into a cave, and it was fascinating. The person who admitted us was very friendly and explained how the church was discovered in the 1980s by children chasing a ball. This was the most interesting church we...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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