Religious itinerary of the Iblei Saints: patrons, martyrs and relics
There are some unique places in the world able to leave an indelible mark in the hearts of those who visit them: sanctuaries, abbeys, churches, monasteries, monuments related to the cult of saints, all of these are sacred places that have an high artistic, historical and cultural value. These are beautiful places where, besides the sacred aspects related to the faith, you can enjoy evocative and emotional forms of the Mediterranean nature.
The itinerary of the Iblei Saints connects a particular path to the discovery of artworks full of evidences and symbols. Artworks whose knowledge is important non only for their artistic value, but also for what they represent for people, such as the representations of Patron Saints, to whom the Church entrusts the protection of the faithful, and so named because of the link, called “patrocinio”, that means protection. Those Patrons are considered holy martyrs, that is, people who proudly showed their Christian faith or ideals despite regular persecutions and hostile social environments. There are also saints riding horses, that is, holy warriors or heroes, whose life history is immanently connected to the salvation of people. Also, there are reliquaries, precious finely finished urns with precious materials that contain sacred relics considered capable of miracles and healings through the intercession of the saints to whom they belonged. And finally stories of miracles marked by devotion and popular piety.
I35 Sub-Route 5 – Noto
Route description: The tour at Noto, which is a UNESCO’s World Heritage, will start at Piazza Municipio. There we will visit the impressive Cathedral of San Nicola, the first stop of the itinerary. Then we will visit the the Basilica of Santissimo Salvatore, which is located in the same square and it’s a very interesting building for its huge size and for some details which makes it very sophisticated.
The last stop will be the Eremo (hermit) di San Corrado. By taking a private car, we will get to San Corrado di Fuori, then we continue by foot and go through a staircase carved into the rock.