Modica is called the "city of a hundred churches", in relation to the high number of religious buildings which were built there, even including convents and monasteries. Despite the massive destruction caused by the earthquake, many of these buildings have maintained their original splendor, reflecting a season of very lively and bubbly Baroque.

Today, Modica is characterised by an uninterrupted succession of churches built in the local golden stone. A special feature that distinguishes them is that the churches generally don't overlook squares, rather they overlook imposing and spectacular flights of steps which are modeled on the slopes of the hills.