Caltagirone

A long reconstruction

The church of Santa Chiara (St. Claire) is located in the eastern part of the town on Via Giovanni Bosco, not far from the church of Gesù (Jesus).
Legend has it that it was St. Claire who had both the church and monastery built. Unfortunately, nothing has been preserved of the ancient structures.
The earthquake of 1693 damaged both buildings. Reconstruction was not immediate, but had to wait until 1740. In that year the abbess explained to the Bishop of Syracuse, Matteo Trigona, that it was necessary to intervene since the state and condition of the structures were badly damaged. The Bishop commissioned a group of experts to oversee the reconstruction, but money soon ran out.
Everything changed in 1743, when the Bishop announced that the works would resume during his visit to Caltagirone.
The project was entrusted to one of the best architects of the time, Rosario Gagliardi .
A church was built with a plan in the shape of an irregular octagon, with a narrow, long façade that swelled outwards like a sort of belly.
The façade also has only one entrance door enclosed at the sides by two giant order columns and on top by a tympanum , not with a continuous line, but a broken one.
Inside, the splendid maiolica , flooring is striking. Green, blue and yellow accompany worshippers up to the balustrade, which is also made with maiolica tiles from Caltagirone.
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The senses tell the Mother Church of San Nicolò and of the Santissimo Salvatore

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Many owners, one palace

A talking palace

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Feasting in Palazzolo

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A symbol for the town

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The two churches

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Norman apses

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

A small room with a golden entrance

The colours of the cathedral

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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

A colourful floor

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The city of museums

The Baroque town by the sea

A new site for a new church

The church of Carmine

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

A hall for the feasts

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The wall comes to life

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A city in colour

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Some masterpieces

The Maiolica of the staircase

Between white and black

A half-Baroque church

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The theatre of taste

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A square as the heart of the city

A museum to save a tradition

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The façade used as a puppet theatre

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The Staircase of Angels

Some prestigious works

A feast only for Scicli

The Burgos crucifix

Two illustrious patron saints

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

New roads for Catania

An eagle-shaped city

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

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A majestic and luminous church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A triumph of colour

The disastrous earthquake

Discovering the mother church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Prominent façade

Wonderful quick decorations

One city, three sites

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A prominent church

Connections with other UNESCO sites

From International Gothic to present day

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A long reconstruction

The internal colours

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

A miniature city

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

Searching for colour

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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Feast days

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The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso