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Chiesa di San Nicolo Inferiore

Piazzetta Grimaldi, 97015, Modica, Sicily, Italy
+39 0932 752897
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Cool, calm and beautiful

This tiny ancient church is so worth a visit. Set in a cave, with Byzantine paintings it is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Another Little Hidden Gem in Modica

Tucked away in a corner of a small plaza behind San Pietro is the entrance to this 6th century... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Sue G
Denver, Colorado
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1 week ago
“Cool, calm and beautiful”
5 Feb 2017
“Another Little Hidden Gem in Modica”
Piazzetta Grimaldi, 97015, Modica, Sicily, Italy
+39 0932 752897
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This tiny ancient church is so worth a visit. Set in a cave, with Byzantine paintings it is incredible to behold. It's perfectly cool and gorgeously ancient and surprisingly well preserved. A must-see in Modica!

Thank ShinyBriony
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Tucked away in a corner of a small plaza behind San Pietro is the entrance to this 6th century grotto church/museum. It is carved into the rock and is like a cave.It is in a raw state, The paintings over paintings can be seen, the...More

Thank Sue G
Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Very important relic witnesses the byzantine art in Modica. Interesting the way how this site were unexpectedly discovered by a group of little kids while playing street soccer. The ball fallen in the cave and the absyd were found due to some stunning figures painted....More

Thank Tonino G
Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

What an extraordinary find for us. A find that is made all the more amazing amongst all the grander Baroque churches. It seems so honest, there's very little theatre, that the emotions really become felt by all who visit. The man who let us in...More

Thank CharlesB2T
Reviewed 23 September 2015

We stumbled upon this 12th century church build into a cave, and it was fascinating. The person who admitted us was very friendly and explained how the church was discovered in the 1980s by children chasing a ball. This was the most interesting church we...More

Thank BonvoyageN
Reviewed 10 September 2015

We would not have found this historic site if not for the person at the visitor's center. It is an amazing example of the preservation that goes on in Sicily. The picture identifying the site is not accurate.

Thank JoW169
Reviewed 28 May 2015

Of all the churches in Modica, and there seem to be many, this is the one I wouldn't have missed. It's in a little street near the big church of St Peter. You have to ring the bell to gain entry. It's very cold and...More

Thank GINNIELincolnshire
Reviewed 14 April 2015

A little gem - you have to ring the bell and wait for someone to open up - a church in a cave with wall paintings dating back hundreds of years. Atmospheric and fascinating.

Thank Teacherlyn1944
Reviewed 19 October 2014

So old and beautiful, the frescoes of such a high standard for their age. A total surprise and a lovely curator. It closes at 1pm and when you ring the bell do wait a little time and you will be greeted by a lady with...More

Thank April G
Reviewed 17 March 2013

It won't take long, but you should make a visit to this little church in a grotto, if you are in Modica. Hidden behind a garage, It has amazing wall paintings and is unlike any other church in Modica - ignore the pictures showing for...More

Thank PureLily
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