Militello in Val di Catania

A heritage of votive works

The worship of the Madonna della Stella is deeply celebrated by the population in Militello. Worship sky-rocketed in the 18th century and the rich lords of Militello, among others, began to commission votive works for the Madonna. In fact, the parish church of the Madonna della Stella is home to the stanza degli argenti (room of silverware).
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altare portatileIt is a place where sacred vases, chalices, pyxes and monstrances belonging to the parish of Santa Maria and the rectoral churches of San Giovanni and San Sebastiano are kept and arranged.
It also contains the gold crowns and the star of the simulacrum of the Madonna della Stella, alongside three silver keys needed for the unveiling.
On the day of the feast, the keys are used to open the doors of the niche that houses the simulacrum and are intended for the parish priest, the mayor and the marshal of the Carabinieri.
Another room holds a precious “portable altar”, an object that resembles a wooden wardrobe but inside it houses an altar with simulacra and reliquaries.
This particular object was used as a private chapel in the houses of the nobility.
Finally, the many works of art include the colourful Madonna by Giandomenico Gagini .

A casket of precious works

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The articulated interior spaces

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The palace, the town, the church

Art in the cathedral

City and nature

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

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

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

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

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

The works in the church

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

A story of rebirth

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

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

The Church of St. Paul

The city palace

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

One city, three sites

The Franciscan convent

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The expansion of space and changing reality

The new roads of the city

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The casket of austerity under the great dome

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

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Church of St. Francis

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

A stone garden

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The Palazzo dei due mori

The interior of the church: space and colour

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The art of maiolica

The Church of St. Benedict

The Church of Madonna della Stella

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

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

Religious architecture

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The Benedictines’ library

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The church and the monastery

A unifying project for the city of Catania

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

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

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

The interior and works of art

Luminous sacred spaces

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

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

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

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Reconstruction after the earthquake

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

St. Agatha and the candelore

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The Staircase of Angels

The eagle-shaped city

The two churches

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

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The city within the city

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

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

Altars, saints and sculptural works

A heritage of votive works

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The church and the college

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

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

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio