Rock Church of San Nicolò Inferiore in Modica
The Church of San Nicolò Inferiore in Modica represents the most important testimony of the rock architecture of the city. The church was discovered in 1987 by the Modica scholar Duccio Belgiorno in a cave used as an evacuation room. The church, although penalized by overlapping buildings and internal renovations that took place during the nineteenth century, still shows itself in all its beauty.
It is a unique environment with a beautiful hemispherical apse entirely decorated according to the Byzantine style , at the center of which stands the image of Christ Pantocrator, seated on the throne and surrounded by angels, enclosed in a large almond decorated with continuous red fillet.
Further excavations have revealed the existence of tombs at floor level, but it is believed that they are only a part of those present in the cave.