Noto’s cathedral (La Chiesa Madre di San Nicolò) was completed in 1776 when the city was rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1693. The Sicilian Baroque church sits at the center of a theatrical urban plan that is known as a “stone garden” for its use of local white rock and its elegant symmetry. Take note of the magnificent staircase leading to the Duomo’s entrance. N.B., The cathedral’s cupola collapsed in 1996 due to the fragility of the stone used in the 18th century. Here you can see it’s been rebuilt in tribute to the glory of Noto’s beauty.