The town of Ferla

Tourism in Ferla

The Church of St. Anthony the Abbot

A few kilometres away from Siracusa, on the slope of Mount Lauro, there is Ferla, rebuilt after the earthquake in 1693, slightly North from the original medieval town.

In the little town there are some valuable Baroque churches, and the church of St. Anthony the Abbot can be considered the most important.

The facade, divided in two orders, has three concavities on each floor.

In the first order there is the portal, sided by columns which alternate to semi-cylindrical niches.

Photo © Luigi Nifosì 

A view of Ferla and The Church of St. Anthony the Abbot

The highest floor has on its left side  a bell-tower, and on the right a big clock.

You will be impressed by the Crucifix for its sinuous shape and huge size, standing out right in the centre of the structure and delimiting the whole church.

The interior is absolutely unique for its original statues and paintings. Its planimetry is quite complex: from its central octagonal body, begin four arms of cross and four small rooms containing the altars.

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