|The town of Modica
Tourism in Modica
Modica is a rich town in art and history. It was also Salvatore Quasimodo's birthplace, the poet who received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1959.
It has many churches but the church of Santa Maria in Betlem stands out. It was probably built around 15th century.
During the years it underwent big changes, especially after the earthquakes in 1613 and 1693, which left intact only the magnificent portal of the right nave, today considered a National Monument.
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Its masterpiece is the Chapel of the Sacrament which unifies different architectonic styles: Gothic, Arab and Catalan.
In the altar there is the impressive Madonna in throne with Child, in painted stone.
In the left nave, in a side chapel, you can admire a crib made in 1882 by Father Benedetto Papale.
The sixty statues in painted earthenware represent the old habits and costumes of farmers from Modica, and their naturalness is very charming.
In the central nave there is an imposing pipe organ and a monumental wooden pulpit.