Catania

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

Via dei Crociferi is a street a little more than one hundred metres long where some of Catania’s major Baroque architecture was built.
Among these is the exquisite church of San Giuliano (St. Julian), part of the architectural complex of the former Benedictine monastery. When the building in the old town (now Piazza Cutelli) was destroyed by the earthquake, the abbess Bonaiuto began its reconstruction. In 1703, with the help of her brother Don Fernando and the Bishop Riggio, the abbess sold the ruins of the old monastery and land, and began reconstruction on Via dei Crociferi.
The construction was long and complex. In 1741, when the final piece of land was purchased to build the church, the monastery had a dormitory, parlour and sacristy.

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When you are inside San Giuliano ai Crociferi it seems to be in a casket. The church has a central plan. Carved into the walls there are four niches, a small chapel and the high altar. The dome is painted with frescoes by the Catania painter Giuseppe Rapisardi. The scene shows Saint Berillo, the city’s third patron, while receiving from Saint Peter the task of founding the Catanese Church. Under the dome are four windows. Below are potbellied grates that allowed nuns to attend church celebrations.

Giuseppe Palazzotto was the architect and site manager; though tradition attributes this role to Vaccarini, in all likelihood he was only the designer of the project.

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A majestic and luminous church

One city, three sites

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A miniature city

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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Connections with other UNESCO sites

The wall comes to life

The chocolate of Modica

Searching for colour

Prominent façade

A prominent church

The interior and its masterpieces

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

From International Gothic to present day

Some prestigious works

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A new site for a new city

The disastrous earthquake

A long reconstruction

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

A talking palace

The theatre of taste

Some masterpieces

A museum to save a tradition

Wonderful quick decorations

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A feast only for Scicli

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A colourful floor

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

The Burgos crucifix

The Baroque town by the sea

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New roads for Catania

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A half-Baroque church

An eagle-shaped city

Between white and black

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A square as the heart of the city

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A city in colour

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Maiolica of the staircase

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Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Discovering the mother church

Many owners, one palace

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Feast days

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

The Staircase of Angels

The two churches

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The church of Carmine

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A triumph of colour

The colours of the cathedral

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Two illustrious patron saints

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A small room with a golden entrance

Norman apses

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

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A new site for a new church

A symbol for the town

A hall for the feasts

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The internal colours

St. Sebastian, so much work!