Itinerary On the traces of the Gothic in the city of Modica
- Departure: Modica
- Trekking travel time: 2 hours (including stops and visits) from the first to the last stage (excluding the return)
- Difficulty: medium
- Difference in height both downhill and uphill
- Length: 3.9 km (one way)
- Possible variants: the route described offers the possibility of variants. Departure from the church of San Giacomo or the Convent of Santa Maria del Gesù.
- The route can be redone in reverse to return to your own means of transport.
Modica, is a typically Baroque city, but it has numerous evidences of Gothic architecture in its most important monuments. Among these, the Convent of Santa Maria del Gesù, the church of the Carmine, the Palazzo de Leva, the church of San Giacomo outside the walls and the chapel in the church of Santa Maria di Betlem.
Thanks to this itinerary, you can admire the surviving monuments of the Chiaramonte and Catalan Gothic in the city, examples of great cultural, historical and artistic importance. It starts from the upper part of Modica, with the convent of Santa Maria del Gesù and then goes down to the valley with other wonderful medieval monuments. The ancient convent of Santa Maria del Gesù is a precious testimony of Sicilian art between the late Gothic and the Renaissance, the ecclesiastical complex of Santa Maria del Gesù is a rare testimony of the late fifteenth century. In the Church of Santa Maria di Betlem there is the Palatine Chapel, also known as the Cabrera Chapel (National Monument), in late Gothic style, which survived the 1693 earthquake. noble building, the church of Santa Maria del Carmelo, known as “del Carmine” (13th – 15th century). The last stop is the small church of San Giacomo outside the walls, perhaps the oldest and most characteristic of Modica. To admire it you have to move from the city, and walk along the banks of the Motucano stream (the so-called “Fiumara”). Inside, you can admire a niche with the statue of the Saint from 1898 and in the “almond-shaped” apse you are fascinated by a fresco depicting the “Deposition” of Jesus from the cross.
USEFUL INFORMATION AND CONTACTS
Equipment: comfortable shoes, water, hat, camera.
LOGISTICS INFO OF THE ITINERARY:
HOW TO GET:
The route develops in the territory of Modica. The starting point of the itinerary is easily accessible, arriving in Modica Alta at the Convent of Santa Maria del Gesù.