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

From International Gothic to present day

One city, three sites

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A long reconstruction

A new site for a new city

A city in colour

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A symbol for the town

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

A colourful floor

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A half-Baroque church

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The two churches

The interior and its masterpieces

A small room with a golden entrance

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Two illustrious patron saints

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

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

Some masterpieces

The theatre of taste

A new site for a new church

The internal colours

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Staircase of Angels

Discovering the mother church

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Wonderful quick decorations

A triumph of colour

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

One city, two sites

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A square as the heart of the city

The Baroque town by the sea

A museum to save a tradition

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A talking palace

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Feasting in Palazzolo

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

New roads for Catania

Searching for colour

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The colours of the cathedral

The Burgos crucifix

An eagle-shaped city

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A feast only for Scicli

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The wall comes to life

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Feast days

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A prominent church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

The church of Carmine

Norman apses

Some prestigious works

A majestic and luminous church

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

A hall for the feasts

The city of museums

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The disastrous earthquake

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The chocolate of Modica

Prominent façade

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Between white and black

A miniature city

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century