Modica

The church of Carmine

The church of Santa Maria del Carmelo (St. Mary of Carmel) is located in Piazza Giacomo Matteotti in the old town. The church was part of a large, wide convent built according to some sources in the mid-13th century, and according to others around the mid-14th century.
Certainly, by the mid-15th century the convent was built and operational because the conference of the entire province of Sicily was held there. The 1693 earthquake damaged the complex, but the church escaped unscathed.
Many Santa Maria del Carmelo structures were saved and the religious building retained the original features of Gothic architecture.

La chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmelo è situata in piazza Giacomo Matteotti. L’ingresso alla chiesa è preceduto da un piccolo cortile chiuso dalla inferiate. Tutta la parte bassa della facciata conserva ancora gli elementi medievali: il rosone, uno dei pochi interi che si conservano in Sicilia; il portale d’accesso ad arco a sesto acuto e parte del campanile con le feritorie. A chiudere la facciata si trovano le aggiunte in stile barocco, post terremoto; si tratta della parte che comprende: la nicchia con la statua al centro e le due finestre ai lati. La nicchia ha un timpano spezzato al centro le finestre hanno timpano semicircolare.
Chiesa del Carmine
La chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmelo è situata in piazza Giacomo Matteotti. L’ingresso alla chiesa è preceduto da un piccolo cortile chiuso dalla inferiate. Tutta la parte bassa della facciata conserva ancora gli elementi medievali: il rosone, uno dei pochi interi che si conservano in Sicilia; il portale d’accesso ad arco a sesto acuto e parte del campanile con le feritorie. A chiudere la facciata si trovano le aggiunte in stile barocco, post terremoto; si tratta della parte che comprende: la nicchia con la statua al centro e le due finestre ai lati. La nicchia ha un timpano spezzato al centro le finestre hanno timpano semicircolare.

In fact, the entire lower part of the façade still retains medieval elements such as the rose window , the ogival arch entrance portal and part of the bell tower with embrasures .

zoom il portale d’accesso ad arco a sesto acuto
il portale d’accesso ad arco a sesto acuto

The façade is completed by Baroque-style additions made following the earthquake: the two windows, the bell tower and the niche completed at the top by a broken tympanum and a statue in the middle.

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Campanile

The entrance to the church is preceded by a small courtyard enclosed by iron grating. It was also recently discovered that the nave , as the church appears today, was built after the earthquake.

dettaglio rosone  Nicchia con statua sopra il rosone

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