Catania

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Catania is one of the cities located in eastern Sicily that overlooks the Ionian Sea and extends to the slopes of Mount Etna.
Etna Catania
The volcano is the symbol of the Etnean capital, though over the centuries its constant activity has been the cause of ruinous events such as the catastrophic eruption of 1669, traces of which are still visible along the streets, and more clearly in the Benedictine monastery.
In 1693 the city was struck by a disastrous earthquake and razed to the ground.
Reconstruction took place on the same site given the strategic position for trade between the coast and further inland. Where possible, the pre-existing buildings were restored, including the fortifications, apses and transept of the Norman Cathedral and some ancient buildings.
The city’s reaction to the earthquake was characterised by the great commitment of the Spanish ruling class, the state and religious authorities who demonstrated a remarkable capacity for organisation and foresight.
Giuseppe Lanza, Duke of Camastra was appointed by the Viceroy Duke of Uzeda as vicar general and quickly implemented the plan to rebuild Catania as soon as 1694. This “plan” was conceived in a unitary fashion, set on a system of roads that were orthogonal and no longer exclusively rigid. Within the system were a series of wide streets and squares that were geometrically different from one another.

The city within the city

Art in the cathedral

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The interior of the church: space and colour

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

The Church of St. Francis

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

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

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

City and nature

The Palazzo dei due mori

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

The church and the college

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

The church and the monastery

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

One city, three sites

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The casket of austerity under the great dome

St. Agatha and the candelore

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The articulated interior spaces

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The palace, the town, the church

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The interior and works of art

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The new roads of the city

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The city palace

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The works in the church

The Church of St. Benedict

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The eagle-shaped city

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

A casket of precious works

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

The Staircase of Angels

The Benedictines’ library

The expansion of space and changing reality

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

Religious architecture

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

A stone garden

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

A heritage of votive works

The Church of St. Paul

The art of maiolica

The Franciscan convent

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

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

The two churches

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Luminous sacred spaces

A story of rebirth

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

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

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin