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Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)
Modica lies within the southern zone of the Iblean mountains and is divided into the townships of Modica Alta, Modica Bassa, Modica Sacro Cuore and the seaside resort of Marina di Modica. Together with the towns of Caltagirone, Catania, Militello Val di Catania, Palazzolo, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli and Noto, it represents the most significant expression of the current of Baroque artistry.
At Modica, the sacred places of most interest and the best examples of Sicilian Baroque art are: the church of San Giorgio, the Cathedral of San Pietro, the church of the Carmine, the cave church of San Nicol˛ Inferiore (St. Nicholas), the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the church of San Giovanni with its bell tower which represents the highest point of the town, and the nineteenth century "Mercedari" monastery where there are two important museums, the Museo Civico (Town Museum) and the Museo Ibleo.
At Modica, it is also possible to admire castles and fine buildings of unusual beauty, amongst which are: the Palazzo de Leva, the Palazzo Polara, and the Castello dei Conti and Castello Sicano castles. Every year, Modica organises exhibitions and events which attract many visitors.
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