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.
I33 Sub-Route 3 – Ragusa
Route description: The route begins with a visit to the upper part of Ragusa and, specifically, it will start from San Giovanni square to continue with a visit to the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista. Inside the church visitors can appreciate two valuable statues of the saint. The tour will continue in Ragusa Ibla which will be reached by taking Corso Italia and Scale street. Once in Ragusa Ibla, visitors could take a break and cool of at bar before continuing the tour at the Cathedral of San Giorgio, one of the highest example of Baroque architecture.
The tour continues down towards the beautiful villa of Ragusa, which overlooks the Irminio valley and within which the Church of San Giacomo is located.
By taking the avenue of columns we will move to the next stage, the Capuchin Church, to admire the most valuable triptych of Pietro Novelli, considered one of the most important paintings in Ragusa. L’itinerario ends with the visit of Portale San Giorgio, which is a monument of the fourteenth century and is a symbol of the city.