The Sicilian Baroque
The Sicilian Baroque style lasted only 50 years and reflected the society of Sicily at that time including the poor, the nobility and the clergy.
After the devastating earthquake of 1693, the rich and powerful of region decided boost reconstruction, using the Baroque architectural style to promote joy, creativity and extravagance over the pain, horror and devastation caused by the tragedy.
Characteristic of Sicilian Baroque are its balconies, decorated with chubby-cheeked angels and cherubs as a symbol of prosperity, musicians symbolizing joy and festivity and grotesque masks to ward off evil spirits.
Strolling around the towns of this region and looking at its buildings, squares and monuments, you realize that this beautiful, sophisticated architecture is a hymn to resurrection, to joy and, above all, to life.