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.

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The interior and works of art

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

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

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The Church of St. Paul

Religious architecture

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

St. Agatha and the candelore

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

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

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

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The Church of St. Benedict

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

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

The expansion of space and changing reality

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The eagle-shaped city

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The city palace

The Church of St. Francis

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

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

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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

The Palazzo dei due mori

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The church and the monastery

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

A story of rebirth

The Benedictines’ library

A casket of precious works

The art of maiolica

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The interior of the church: space and colour

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The city within the city

The articulated interior spaces

The palace, the town, the church

A Nobel Prize in Modica

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The new roads of the city

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

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

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

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

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The church and the college

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

A heritage of votive works

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

One city, three sites

Luminous sacred spaces

The Franciscan convent

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The works in the church

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

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

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

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

City and nature

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Art in the cathedral

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

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

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The two churches

The Staircase of Angels

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

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

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

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

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

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

A stone garden

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

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