Catania

A small room with a golden entrance

La cappella di Sant'Agata (St. Agatha) è uno dei luoghi più amati dai catanesi: situata nell’ Apse destro della cattedrale, fu voluta dal viceré Ferdinando d'Acuňa , ma, dopo la sua morte, della costruzione si occupò la moglie Maria d’Avila.
 
I lavori iniziarono nel 1495, a cura dello scultore Antonello Freri da Messina, e il risultato è ancora oggi visibile, un trionfo di luci e colori.
Per la pavimentazione si scelsero marmi di varie tinte: nero, bianco, grigio, rosso; per le pareti sono le sculture a dare vitalità ai muri, ulteriormente arricchite nelle parti più alte da meravigliosi affreschi.
Tutta questa luminosità, data anche e soprattutto dall’uso dell’oro, contrasta con la cancellata in ferro battuto che divide la cappella dal resto della chiesa.
foto alla cappella nel suo insieme
L’interno presenta una splendida decorazione dietro l’altare dove si alternano tra le sculture il bianco e l’oro. A catturare l’attenzione è il retablo .
Posto dietro l’altare, esso è una scultura con al centro la glorificazione di Sant’Agata che viene presentata a Cristo dalla Vergine, a destra e sinistra, rispettivamente, San Paolo e San Pietro, e in alto chiudono la composizione i quattro evangelisti: San Marco, San Luca, San Matteo e San Giovanni.

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A destra dell’altare, si trova il monumento sepolcrale di Ferdinando d’Acuňa, a sinistra, una cancellata dorata invece nasconde la “cammaredda”: una stanza di piccole dimensioni dove, in brillanti scrigni d’argento, si conservano le reliquie di Sant’Agata.

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

A square as the heart of the city

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The Maiolica of the staircase

A symbol for the town

Wonderful quick decorations

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A hall for the feasts

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Baroque town by the sea

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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

A colourful floor

A miniature city

Feast days

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A triumph of colour

An eagle-shaped city

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Discovering the mother church

A half-Baroque church

A talking palace

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Searching for colour

The Staircase of Angels

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Between white and black

A new site for a new church

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

New roads for Catania

One city, two sites

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Prominent façade

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A city in colour

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A museum to save a tradition

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The disastrous earthquake

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A new site for a new city

The two churches

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

Some masterpieces

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A majestic and luminous church

The Burgos crucifix

Some prestigious works

A small room with a golden entrance

The internal colours

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The chocolate of Modica

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

One city, three sites

Two illustrious patron saints

A long reconstruction

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The theatre of taste

The interior and its masterpieces

Many owners, one palace

The church of Carmine

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The city of museums

A prominent church

Norman apses

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A feast only for Scicli

The wall comes to life

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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