Palazzolo Acreide

A half-Baroque church

The church of the Annunziata is located on Via dell’Annunziata, not far from Via Roma.foto della chiesa dalla strada
It is one of the oldest churches in Palazzolo, probably built between the 12th and 14th centuries.
It was not spared by the tragic earthquake of 1693 and was partially destroyed.
The confraternity of the Annunziata wasted no time in overseeing the reconstruction. The Baroque façade was redesigned according to a design by Giuseppe Ferrara.
The entrance is preceded by a particular triangular-shaped parvis enclosed by a small wall and surmounted by small pillars. Unfortunately the façade remained unfinished. Only the main portal and the decorations around it were completed; four Solomonic columns ,two on each side, and the trabeation stand out.

zoom chiesa dell'Annunziata
chiesa dell'Annunziata

Le colonne tortili foto del portale
The richness and attention paid to the masterful decorations is striking. Quince, grapes, figs, pomegranates, cherub , faces, festoons, abstract elements and plant elements were all carved with extreme precision.

Zoom le decorazioni delle colonne
le decorazioni delle colonne

The church was redesigned with three naves with large arches to divide the main nave from the smaller one; the white walls were elevated with gilded stucco decoration; the white and dark grey floor, which reproduces an abstract design on the ground characterised by the strong contrast of the two stones, adds personality.

particolari delle Colonne tortili  particolari delle colonne tortili

interno dall’ingresso all’altare il pavimento bianco e grigio scuro Dettaglio pavimentazione

Feast days

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

A square as the heart of the city

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A colourful floor

A miniature city

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The chocolate of Modica

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

One city, three sites

From International Gothic to present day

A talking palace

The two churches

The Baroque town by the sea

Norman apses

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A prominent church

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Wonderful quick decorations

From the contrast of the exterior to the internal jubilation of colours

The theatre of taste

A new site for a new church

Feasting in Palazzolo

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Freedom of worship and the role of the Catholic Church in the diffusion of Baroque

A Nobel Prize in Modica

New roads for Catania

The church of Carmine

One city, two sites

Discovering the mother church

The colours of the cathedral

Searching for colour

The wall comes to life

A triumph of colour

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A feast only for Scicli

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

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

A hall for the feasts

The Maiolica of the staircase

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Between white and black

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giovanni Battista

The Staircase of Angels

Prominent façade

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and San NicoIò l’Arena

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the Mother Church of San Nicolò and of the Santissimo Salvatore

A majestic and luminous church

The role of the religious orders in rebuilding the Val di Noto

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A long reconstruction

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Some masterpieces

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

Many owners, one palace

An eagle-shaped city

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A symbol for the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A city in colour

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A new site for a new city

A museum to save a tradition

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Church of San Giuliano (St. Julian) on Via dei Crociferi: reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The internal colours

The Burgos crucifix

A small room with a golden entrance

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Some prestigious works

The senses tell the story of the church of Santa Maria del Carmelo

The interior and its masterpieces

The disastrous earthquake

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A half-Baroque church