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.

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The colours of the cathedral

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The façade used as a puppet theatre

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Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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Prominent façade

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The internal colours

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The Burgos crucifix

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The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A talking palace

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The chocolate of Modica

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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Some masterpieces

The theatre of taste

Feast days

Norman apses

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The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

One city, two sites

A colourful floor

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Some prestigious works

A square as the heart of the city

The disastrous earthquake

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A small room with a golden entrance

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Connections with other UNESCO sites

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Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

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Two illustrious patron saints

Discovering the mother church

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St. Sebastian, so much work!

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A feast only for Scicli

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The church of Carmine

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

Searching for colour

A long reconstruction

The two churches

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

A prominent church

A half-Baroque church

A museum to save a tradition

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A hall for the feasts

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata