Chiesa San Giuseppe, Ragusa

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San Giuseppe is a Baroque-style, Roman Catholic church located in the city of Ragusa, in southern Sicily, Italy.HistoryA church was erected here in 1756-1796 under the patronage of the Benedictine order. The church and an adjacent convent of nuns occupied a site where prior to the 1693 earthquake had been located the church of San Tommaso. The architect is unknown, but in the circle of Rosario Gagliardi. Like many local churches, the façade has three highly sculpted order, decorated with statues of Saints of the Benedictine orders, including Saints Benedict and Mauro above and St Gertrude and Scolastica below. Near the entrance are statues of St Gregory the Great and St Augustine by Giambattista Muccio in 1775. The entrance portals have iron grillwork screens (1774) by Filippo Scattarelli.The interior has an oval layout, but kept a large choir and coretti situated over the entrance and flanking the nave, where the nuns could hear the mass while remaining cloitered. Over the vault is a fresco depicting the Glory of St Benedict with St Joseph (1793) by Sebastiano Monaco. The walls are elaborately stuccoed (1793) by Agrippino Maggiore and the Cultrera di Licodia Eubea. The altars (19th century) have elaborate scagliola, and have alatarpieces by Tommaso Pollace and Giuseppe Crestadoro, depicting the Trinity, St Mauro, St Benedict, and Ste Gertrude. The pavement has white stone and maiolica tiles. The Vestibule has statues depicting St Benedict (17th century) and a silver-coated St Joseph (1785). It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Chiesa San Giuseppe and many more Ragusa attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Ragusa day trip planning site .
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  • Superb baroque examle. Worth going in when open. This church is an example of a class above some other Sicilian churches. The exterior architecture is a superb example.  more »
  • Even though the facade is smaller and less spectacularly placed than that of the Duomo, it looks to us, more sophisticated, as it rises inexorably in serpentine tiers. Loved the canopied window above....  more »
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  • beautiful baroque church in the hill city of Ragusa Ibla. Front facade is uniquely curved and the spherical theme is carried onto the interior. Very ornate and decorated inside. paintings on the ceiling and on all the walls. would recommend to anyone visiting Ragusa ibla
  • Nice, worth local culture including singing of old lady's
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