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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- Michael Karavanov
- Explore score
- 0.11 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Aug 05, 2011
- Date taken
- Jul 10, 2011
July 11, 2011. Sicily, Italy. Made from 44 pictures.
Modica is a city in the Province of Ragusa, Sicily, southern Italy. The city is situated in the Hyblaean Mountains and is part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy.
The city was founded in 1360 BC or 1031 BC and was inhabited by the Sicels in the 7th century BC. The city is also mentioned among the inland towns of the island both by Pliny and Ptolemy.
As the city developed it gradually became divided into "Modica Alta" (Upper Modica) and "Modica Bassa" (Lower Modica). During the last century the city has extended and developed new suburbs which include Sacro Cuore (or "Sorda"), Monserrato, Idria, these are often referred to as Modern Modica; both old and modern quarters of the city are today joined by one of Europe's higher bridge, the Guerrieri bridge (300 m).
Despite being ravaged by earthquakes in 1613 and 1693 and floods in 1833 and 1902, Modica has maintained some of the most beautiful architecture in Sicily, in the Sicilian Baroque style.