Militello in Val di Catania

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

During the feudal dominion of the Barresi-Branciforti family, the town of Militello in Val di Catania featured prominently in the town’s commendable reconfiguration.
The prince Francesco Branciforte, once he had married Lady Joanna of Austria, the granddaughter of Charles V and cousin of the King of Spain, launched an urbanisation plan to redesign the small town to make it suitable for new cultural and delegation needs that a modern and such high-ranking court would require. The town’s transformations included one that involved the fortified castle, transformed into a palace and equipped in 1612 with a well-stocked library , a printing house and a sort of “alchemist’s” laboratory.
castello Barresi-Branciforte
A fountain was later built in the castle’s courtyard and was accessible to the population. This action aimed to underline the prince’s great focus on public works.
The square of the mother church was modernised in 1617 alongside the two main roads of the centre of Militello, which were widened and straightened. Connecting roads were also built outside the former perimeter walls, which encouraged the creation of new districts.
The powerful family was also a promoter of patronage that benefited civic religious life, thanks to funding for the reconstruction of the bell tower of the Mother Church of St. Nicholas and the extension of the Church of St. Mary, which was the burial place of the Barresi family as of the 16th century. In the 18th century the Branciforte family moved to Palermo but continued to own the fiefdom of Militello until the abolition of feudalism in 1812.

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The interior of the church: space and colour

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

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

One city, three sites

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Art in the cathedral

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The works in the church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A stone garden

The Church of St. Benedict

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

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

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

A heritage of votive works

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

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

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The Staircase of Angels

City and nature

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The art of maiolica

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

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

The Franciscan convent

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

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The new roads of the city

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Reconstruction after the earthquake

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

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

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The city within the city

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

A story of rebirth

The Church of St. Paul

St. Agatha and the candelore

The city palace

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The palace, the town, the church

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

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

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The articulated interior spaces

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

A casket of precious works

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Palazzo dei due mori

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

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

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

The expansion of space and changing reality

The interior and works of art

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

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

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

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

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

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

A unifying project for the city of Catania

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

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The Benedictines’ library

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

Luminous sacred spaces

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Religious architecture

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

The two churches

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The church and the monastery

The Church of St. Francis

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The church and the college

The eagle-shaped city