SCORDIA

 

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Scordia is a city of about 17,000 inhabitants located at 150 m a.s.l., in a large citrus area that stretches from the Margi Valley to Lentini.

Laid out on an orthogonal grid, with at its heart the central Palazzo dei Branciforte, the town was founded by the Prince Antonio Branciforte and was part of the feudal estate of Scordia Sottana. The Brancifortes owned it as far as 1807.

It has a number of interesting cultural sites.

The Mother Church is dedicated to the patron saint Rocco and contains a worth-mentioning 1600ís wooden statue of the titular saint and a painting depicting the Virgin of the Holy Rosary.

The church of SantíAntonio da Padova and, next to it, the convent of the Reformed Fathers date back to the 17th century. The latter has a fine cloister and 1700ís frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Jesus and St. Francis. The church also houses interesting works, such as a painting of Our Lady of Sorrow and various 1700ís frescoes.

The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, ornamented with stuccoes and paintings, is also worth-seeing.