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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Late Baroque Towns of Val di Noto, Italy

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto are eight towns in south-eastern Sicily that are recognised as a World Heritage Site. The towns are Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli. These towns were built in 1693 following a devastating earthquake that destroyed the towns which existed on or around where they are now located.


Via Nicolasi, Noto
Via Nicolasi, Noto
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The massive earthquake which struck in 1693 caused so much damage that a decision was made to rebuild entirely new towns. The result are these eight towns, designed in the Late Baroque style, offer a glimpse into the innovations in town planning and urban design prevalent during the late 17th century.

Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 26th session of the World Heritage Committee in Budapest, Hungary, on 24 - 29 June 2002.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 36 53 35.5 E 15 04 08.1
Inscription Year: 2002
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, IV, V

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