A triumph of colour

The entrance to San Giovanni Evangelista (St. John the Evangelist) is through a long, narrow and dark antechamber which gives onto a large, wide and bright oval hall. The colourful interior decorations embellish and characterise the room. Blue features prominently, like a ribbon tying the space together. The walls are embellished with golden stucco decorations that shine and sparkle whenever a ray of sunshine hits them.

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The church is also made brighter by the large windows that open onto the vault, whose colourful glass filters yellow, green and blue light.

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 A wonderful 19th-century fresco with the Glory of St. Benedict completes the vault, and a whirlwind of angels welcomes the saint among the blessed. Once in the final part of the church, the area of the apse is a triumph of gold; a brilliant decoration illuminates the space reserved for liturgical services. At the end, a beautiful aedicula , behind the altar guards the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, which completes the decorative display.

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La volta La statua della cappella

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A triumph of colour

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

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

New roads for Catania

A museum to save a tradition

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Searching for colour

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

A colourful floor

One city, two sites

The Staircase of Angels

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Feasting in Palazzolo

The city of museums

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

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A half-Baroque church

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A hall for the feasts

Prominent façade

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

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Many owners, one palace

The interior and its masterpieces

One city, three sites

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A new site for a new church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The internal colours

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The chocolate of Modica

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Norman apses

A prominent church

Between white and black

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A square as the heart of the city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Discovering the mother church

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A talking palace

A long reconstruction

A majestic and luminous church

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

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

The Burgos crucifix

A miniature city

The Maiolica of the staircase

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The disastrous earthquake

An eagle-shaped city

The theatre of taste

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Baroque town by the sea

From International Gothic to present day

A symbol for the town

Two illustrious patron saints

Some masterpieces

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The church of Carmine

A city in colour

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Wonderful quick decorations

A feast only for Scicli

The two churches

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Some prestigious works

Feast days

The wall comes to life

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?