Ispica is situated in Ragusa district, in Sicilia.
It is located in the Val di Noto, the first settlements dates back to prehistoric era as evidenced by the cave dwellings and artifacts found and displayed in the antiquarium of the Force Archaeological Park. In the same park there are the ruins of the old medieval fiefdom where in the past there was the village of Ispica, once called Spaccaforno.
Near Cava Ispica, a natural cave carved out of the water, there are the remains of Byzantine frescoes, until arriving at the Catacombs of San Marco, dating back to the Roman period and the Necropolis Contrada Crocefia, discovered only a few years ago, with 20 ancient tombs , still under investigation.
In the center of Ispica, the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica is one of the most important religious places of the town and is a national monument since 1908. The church dates back to 1693, and was built after the earthquake to house the statue of the Blessed Christ at the Column after the destruction of the church that housed it before. With the remaining stones, people built the first chapel and subsequently expanded over the years up to the splendid Basilica we know today. The Basilica includes beautiful murals with images of the Old and New Testament considered among the masterpieces of the eighteenth century. The beautiful loggia was built in imitation of that of St. Peter’s in Rome.
Among the most beautiful buildings in the town, there’s the Palazzo Bruno of Belmonte that today is the town hall. This beautiful historic building has four floors and Art Nouveau style, stands in the center of town and was named by one of the most influential families of the beginning of ‘900.
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