Basilica di San Sebastiano

Basilica di San Sebastiano, Palazzolo Acreide

Basilica di San Sebastiano
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ786 contributions
Great church on a lovely square
Sep 2021
The other (together with San Paolo) UNESCO-inscribed church in Palazzolo Acreide, San Sebastiano has a regal look overseeing the main town square. Very much worth a visit.
Written 7 October 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA11,235 contributions
The largest church in the city
Jun 2021
Our friend from Chiesa San Paolo also took us through this church quickly because it was getting ready to close. We learned that this church was constructed in late 1600’s on the site of an abandoned church of San Rocco which dated from the early 1400’s. The church was destroyed in the earthquake of 1693 and reconstruction of the larger church you see today was begun in 1702. Much of the façade you see today was constructed in the 1870’s.

It became a basilica in 1828.

In the Sacristy there is a cassarizzo or wardrobe, and you can see on the upper right an engraving which indicates it was carved in 1760.
Written 6 August 2021
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Montalbano_
995 contributions
The Majesty of Baroque
Oct 2019 • Family
The Val di Noto district offers stunning places and architecture examples like this church born after the big earth quake of 1693 which destroyed 12 cities in the south of Sicily.
The church front is typically structured by 3 levels made by columns and beams all made by the Hyblean white rock.
The staircase is scenic and stands right in the centre of city's square.
Inside the roof offers beautiful art paints and the huge organo which sounds by the piano keyboard.
The entrance is free.
But the visit worth the entire trip to Palazzolo.
Written 19 October 2019
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Seasondtraveller
Paris4,157 contributions
Spectacular!
Jul 2019 • Couples
The basilica is very well restored and a truly beautiful exemplar of baroque. We had the privilege of touring the place with a friendly staffer.
Written 6 July 2019
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bogovinluka
Kuopio, Finland24 contributions
Day trip
Jul 2018
A pity it was closed due to repairing works. The Facade and position are spectacular. You can admire the beauty of Sicilian tardo-Baroque which revived a vast area struck by the 1693 cathastrophic earthquake.
Written 20 July 2018
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD6,252 contributions
Our last Val di Noto Baroque city.
Nov 2017 • Couples
We drove our rental car 32km from Noto, stopping at Antica Noto along the way.
Our tour began at the nicely situated Kalura B&B, first by driving 850 meters up to the 3rd C BC Greek Theatre, before returning to walk into the old city.
Our host gave specific instructions to access Corso Vittorio Emanuele via a level walk to a narrow lane, then downhill along the main street with narrow sidewalks and pretty palazzos to the main Piazza del Popolo. Today its Basilica di San Sebastian was enclosed with scaffolding for seemingly long term restoration. We walked down to Via Garibaldi where the Balcone Barocco and Palazzo Pricone compete for best sculpted balcony. After finding Church of the Annunciation undergoing restoration, we focused on the beautiful facade of the Basilica of St Paul, and nearby, the less adorned Mother Church. To its side, we walked up Via Bando Inferiore to a long series of steps for the surprise of the day, Via Grotto. Here with the bright afternoon sun we had great views of the castle ruins all the way to snow covered Mt Etna, then valley views of stone barns, olive groves, and hay fields between the limestone ridges. Just ahead was St Michael's Church, then a downhill stroll back to our B&B. Nearly 3 km of Unesco Baroque sites, but unfortunately, no interiors were available at this time of year.
With no pedestrian zone, constant competition from a stream of passing cars on the narrow streets, and no buildings open for visits, this was our least favorite Val di Noto city.
Written 21 November 2017
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Sandra L
Livorno, Italy542 contributions
A wonderful example of sicilian baroque style
Aug 2016 • Family
This church is particularly beautiful, but the ensamble with the stairs and the square makes it really impressive. It's in the heart of Palazzolo so cannot be missed.
Written 15 September 2016
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Michael M
Dublin, Ireland93 contributions
Beautiful Baroque
Jul 2015 • Couples
Set overlooking and dominating the main square, close to the Town hall, this is a beautiful, well preserved basilica.
Written 19 July 2015
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Jolanta1946
Preston, UK3 contributions
Imposing
Jun 2015 • Couples
A beautiful basilica in a beautiful location. To be admired and photographed. We enjoyedthe sightseeing very much.
Written 25 June 2015
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