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.

 

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

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

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The interior of the church: space and colour

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

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

The church and the monastery

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

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The casket of austerity under the great dome

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

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

St. Agatha and the candelore

The Palazzo dei due mori

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The Church of St. Paul

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

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

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

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The Church of St. Francis

One city, three sites

The new roads of the city

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

City and nature

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The city palace

A heritage of votive works

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

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

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

A casket of precious works

The interior and works of art

The city within the city

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The eagle-shaped city

The Benedictines’ library

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

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

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

A story of rebirth

Art in the cathedral

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

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

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

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The two churches

The art of maiolica

Luminous sacred spaces

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

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

Religious architecture

The Staircase of Angels

The works in the church

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

The Church of St. Benedict

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The articulated interior spaces

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The palace, the town, the church

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The Franciscan convent

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The church and the college

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

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

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

Altars, saints and sculptural works

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

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The expansion of space and changing reality

A stone garden

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

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