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Ragusa is a city in southern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Ragusa, on the island of Sicily. It has 68.346 inhabitants (2001). Image File history File links 100px-Ragusa-Stemma. ... Image File history File links 100px-Ragusa-Stemma. ... The Province of Ragusa (Provincia di Ragusa) is a province in the autonomous island region of Sicily in Italy. ... Sicilian disambiguates here; see also Sicilian language or Sicilian Defence. ...

Cathedral of San Giorgio
Cathedral of San Giorgio

Built on a wide limestone hill between two deep valleys, Cava San Leonardo and Cava Santa Domenica. The city has two distinct areas, the lower and older town of Ragusa Ibla, and the higher Ragusa Superiore. The two halves are separated by the Valle dei Ponti, a deep ravine crossed by four bridges. One of them the 18th century Ponte dei Cappuccinni is particularly beautiful. In 1693 the city was devastated by a huge earthquake, following this catastrophe the city was rebuilt, many magnificent baroque buildings date from this period. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (453x677, 89 KB)View of San Giorgio Cathedral (Duomo) in Ragusa Ibla, Italy. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (453x677, 89 KB)View of San Giorgio Cathedral (Duomo) in Ragusa Ibla, Italy. ... Limey shale overlaid by limestone. ... Fljótsdalur in East-Iceland A valley is a landform, which can range from a few square miles (square kilometers) to hundreds or even thousands of square miles (square kilometers) in area. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Events January 11 - Eruption of Mt. ... Global earthquake epicenters, 1963–1998 An earthquake is a sudden and sometimes catastrophic movement of a part of the Earths surface. ... Adoration, by Peter Paul Rubens: dynamic figures spiral down around a void: draperies blow: a whirl of movement lit in a shaft of light, rendered in a free bravura handling of paint In the arts, Baroque (or baroque) is both a period and the artistic style that dominated it. ...


Ragusa Ibla hosts an impressive array of baroque architecture, including several stunning palaces and churches. The Cathedral of San Giorgio, built starting in 1738 by architect Rosario Gagliardi and framed in the front by a flight of 250 steps and massive ornate columns, is topped by a large Neoclassical dome. A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Anglican, Roman Catholic and some Lutheran churches, which serves as the central church of a diocese, and thus as a bishops seat. ... Neoclassicism (sometimes rendered as Neo-Classicism or Neo-classicism) is the name given to quite distinct movements in the visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture. ...


On a narrow winding street that connects Ragusa Ibla with Ragusa Superiore is the church of Santa Maria delle Scale (Saint Mary of the Steps). This church is particularly interesting: badly damaged in the earthquate of 1693, half of this church was rebuilt in Baroque style, while the surviving half was kept in the original Gothic.


Another fine building is the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista in Ragusa Superiore. Built between 1718 and 1778, its principal fa├žade is pure baroque, containing fine carvings and sculptures. The cathedral has a high campanile in the same style. The ornate baroque interior is separated into three colonnaded aisles. The columns are embellished with gold. A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Anglican, Roman Catholic and some Lutheran churches, which serves as the central church of a diocese, and thus as a bishops seat. ... // Events July 21 - Treaty of Passarowitz signed November 22 - Off the coast of Virginia, English pirate Edward Teach (best known as Blackbeard) is killed in battle when a British boarding party cornered and then shot and stabbed him more than 25 times. ... 1778 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... A sculpture is a three-dimensional, man-made object selected for special recognition as art. ... St. ...


The Zacco Palace is one of the more beautiful baroque buildings of the city, its Corinthian columns support balconies of amazing wrought iron work, while caryatids of grotesques mock, shock or amuse the passer-by. The Corinthian order as used for the portico of the Pantheon, Rome provided a prominent model for Renaissance and later architects, through the medium of engravings. ... the Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheum, Athens A caryatid is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural element such as a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on its head. ... When commonly used, grotesque means strange, fantastic, ugly or bizarre, and thus is often used to describe shapes and distorted forms such as Halloween masks or gargoyles on churches. ...


Ragusa is a small and quiet town, and one of the towns with the highest quality of life in Southern Italy. The economy of the surrounding province hinges mainly on agricolture (horticulture, olives), farming, tourism, light manufacturing and small oilfields.


Nearby Modica is another beautiful baroque city. The cathedral of San Giorgio, Modica Modica is a city in the Province of Ragusa, Sicily. ...


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