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

New roads for Catania

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The two churches

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

A triumph of colour

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A colourful floor

A talking palace

Between white and black

A new site for a new city

One city, three sites

The Maiolica of the staircase

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A majestic and luminous church

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Wonderful quick decorations

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Prominent façade

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A miniature city

A symbol for the town

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The wall comes to life

Feast days

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

A long reconstruction

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

The interior and its masterpieces

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The disastrous earthquake

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A new site for a new church

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Baroque town by the sea

A feast only for Scicli

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Discovering the mother church

One city, two sites

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The chocolate of Modica

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

The church of Carmine

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A prominent church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The theatre of taste

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

Two illustrious patron saints

An eagle-shaped city

Many owners, one palace

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

From International Gothic to present day

A half-Baroque church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Some masterpieces

The city of museums

Searching for colour

A small room with a golden entrance

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

A square as the heart of the city

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Burgos crucifix

The internal colours

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Some prestigious works

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Staircase of Angels

Norman apses

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A hall for the feasts

A city in colour

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe