Modica

A casket of precious works

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The Cathedral of Modica is one of the richest and most complete buildings, not only from an architectural point of view, but also for the large number of works it houses inside.
The highly precious altars, in addition to the main one decorated with silverware and artwork of singular beauty, include the grandiose and spectacular polyptych placed on the back wall of the central apse also known to be the largest in the region.
The wooden work is composed of ten colourful panels depicting the life of Christ, made by Bernardino Nigro in 1573.

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 statua san giorgioIn the left nave of the cathedral, you can admire the magnificent organ with four keyboards, eighty stops and three thousand pipes.
Still working today, it was built between 1885 and 1888 by Casimiro Allieri from Bergamo.
Inside the church, there are some works dedicated to the patron saint.
In the chapel on the right, the central apse houses the equestrian statue of St. George, which is carried in procession during the feast, and in the side nave there is the Holy Ark, or the Arca Santa, which contains a relic of the patron saint inside an urn considered one of the most beautiful items of Italian goldsmithing.

 

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista

The Staircase of Angels

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

Luminous sacred spaces

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

The Palazzo dei due mori

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The city within the city

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giuliano ai Crociferi

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The eagle-shaped city

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

The Church of St. Francis

The Franciscan convent

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The Benedictines’ library

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

A story of rebirth

The Church of St. Paul

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

A heritage of votive works

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

The expansion of space and changing reality

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The interior and works of art

A casket of precious works

One city, three sites

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Maria del Monte

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The works in the church

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The new roads of the city

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

St. Agatha and the candelore

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The articulated interior spaces

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

A stone garden

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

Reconstruction after the earthquake

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The art of maiolica

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Badia di Sant’Agata

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

Religious architecture

City and nature

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The city palace

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The palace, the town, the church

Art in the cathedral

The Church of St. Benedict

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The two churches

The church and the college

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The church and the monastery