Modica is a typically Baroque in style, like all ofm the towns in the area that were rebuilt after the earthquake in 1693. thanks to there baroque monuments, the city was included, in 2002m in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In spite of the destructions, lot's of the previous areas still remains, when Modica was the most powerful feud of the Sicilia baronies. Unfortunately, not much remains of the previous epochs, when Modica was the strongest feud of the Sicilian Baronial age Traces of there monuments and the little remains, which can still be admired, give us the idea of how big, precious and pictoresque the city's artistic heritage must have been. The various Counts of modica, animated by a religious fervour, never disintressed, founded churches, convents and monasteris. From an estimate, based on ruins, traditions and historical documents, it seems that Modica, until the XVII century, had a hundred churches, which is an enourmous amount in comparison to the number of inhabitants. Modica's artistic glory, obviously, is abobìve all in its churches, without excluding some civil buildings. the artistic tour of the city must be divided into two parts, because there are two principals centres, lover modica and upper Modica.

Short History: Its ancient name was Motyca; its power, dimmed by Greek and Byzantine domination, broke out with all its vitality during the Arabian domination, the Arabs called it Mohac. In 1296 Manfredi di Chiaramonte was given the kingdom after the King of Sicily Federico II was crowned. The golden age of the County managed to dim even the power and the magnificence of the Kingdom of Sicily. Today Modica is one of the kingdoms of baroque art and of all the artistic jewels of Sicily. Many works of art show today the signs of the Gothic-Chiaramonte style of the Counts of Modica: the church of the Madonna del Carmine, Palazzo Lena and the church of Gesù. The convent annexed to this latter church was built to solemnize the marriage between Anna Cabrera and Henriquez. The wonderful internal cloister has been declared a national monument. Very interesting is the late baroque church of St. Peter, the church of St. Georges, with an imposing and stately façade and The Museum of Art and Popular Traditions.

|| Cathedral of San Pietro || Cathedral of San Giorgio - exterior & inside ||

Cathedral of San Pietro 

At the top of a high and spectacular staircase, animated by the statue of the apostles, we can find the magnificentand majestic St. Peter's Church, Patron of the Lower City (Modica Bassa).

It was built around the year 1350, partially destroyed by the earthquake of 1613 and later restored, and destroyed again by the second famous earthquake of 1693.

It was rebuilt in a late baroque style, but with neoclassical motifs at the beginning of the 18th century by the masterpiece mario Spada from Ragusa and Rosario Boscarino from Modica, the same one that worked for the Church of Saint John od Ragusa. 

The lower order of monumental facade is enriched by the triple portal, the upper one by a central large window and ample volutes which carry out four statues of Saints; at the top there is a triumphant Christ.

On the fourth altar, a niche hosts the "Madonna di Trapani" (Our Lady of Trapani), a precious marble statue which dates back to the period between the 15th and 16th century.

Cathedral of San Giorgio - the exterior