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 .

The works in the church

The expansion of space and changing reality

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The Church of St. Francis

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

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The church and the college

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

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

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

The Church of St. Benedict

The city palace

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

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

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

The Palazzo dei due mori

The palace, the town, the church

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The eagle-shaped city

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

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

Reconstruction after the earthquake

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The new roads of the city

Religious architecture

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

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

A story of rebirth

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

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

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

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

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

The Franciscan convent

Art in the cathedral

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

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

The city within the city

The articulated interior spaces

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Luminous sacred spaces

St. Agatha and the candelore

A casket of precious works

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The Church of St. Paul

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The Benedictines’ library

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

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

City and nature

The church and the monastery

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The interior and works of art

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

A stone garden

A heritage of votive works

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The art of maiolica

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

One city, three sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The Staircase of Angels

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The two churches

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

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

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