The Church of San Giuseppe is a gem of the Sicilian Baroque of Ragusa.
The Church of San Giuseppe was built in 1756, thanks to the initiative of the Benedictine nuns of the nearby monastery.
The façade is characterized by carvings and sculptures and adorned by large statues of St. Benedict and St. Mauro on the top and St. Gertrude and St. Scholastica at the bottom. There are two smaller statues located at the sides of the main entrance, depicting St. Gregory the Great and St. Augustine. Four pillars and four columns divide the façade into three parts, and the central one has a fantastic Rococo frieze.
The interior shows the classical canons of monastic architecture, as it was made in a way in which nuns could easily follow the sacred rites without being seen. The large domed ceiling is characterised by an amazing fresco by Sebastiano Monaco (1793), depicting the glory of Saint Joseph with St. Benedict. Moreover the floor, made of slabs of white limestone with inlaid majolica tiles is a priceless treasure for the building.
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