Militello in Val di Catania

Discovering the mother church

foto scalinataThe entrance to the chiesa madre di San Nicolò e del Santissimo Salvatore (Mother Church of St. Nicholas and the Holy Saviour) is above street level and is accessed by two lateral staircases.
The façade is divided horizontally into three levels.
The first level includes the large central portal, inserted between two pairs of columns and closed off at the top by a tympanum with a broken arch. The two side doors, named “the sun” and “the moon”, are each surmounted by a window. The second level has a large window with a triangular tympanum. The third level is a broken arch tympanum that completes the façade, at the top of which there is a cross supported by a cherub ‘s head.
foto portaleAs for the internal structure of the church, it has a Latin cross plan, is divided into three naves and has five chapels on each side.
The decoration of the walls is simple and elegant; white is the predominant colour.
The frescoes in the vault and apse are the only aspects to break up the white. In 1950, Professor Giuseppe Barone painted and depicted scenes from the lives of St. Nicholas and the Holy Saviour.
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The brightness is mainly given by the natural light from the windows under the trabeation that illuminate the entire nave.The area below the dome is also splendid, illuminated by a divine light from above.

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la navata centrale

The simple, white walls are contrasted by a floor that is anything but simple.
Made of grey and white Carrara marble, the precious material was laid in a chequered pattern.
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An eagle-shaped city

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Searching for colour

Discovering the mother church

A small room with a golden entrance

The Burgos crucifix

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A long reconstruction

The disastrous earthquake

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

Norman apses

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

The Staircase of Angels

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Between white and black

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The wall comes to life

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The city of museums

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A half-Baroque church

The Baroque town by the sea

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The colours of the cathedral

From International Gothic to present day

One city, two sites

A majestic and luminous church

Some prestigious works

Connections with other UNESCO sites

One city, three sites

Many owners, one palace

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

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

A triumph of colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

Feast days

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A feast only for Scicli

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The church of Carmine

The theatre of taste

A miniature city

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A city in colour

Some masterpieces

The internal colours

Wonderful quick decorations

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A square as the heart of the city

A symbol for the town

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A new site for a new city

The two churches

Feasting in Palazzolo

A new site for a new church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Maiolica of the staircase

A talking palace

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The interior and its masterpieces

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A prominent church

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The chocolate of Modica

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A museum to save a tradition

A hall for the feasts

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

New roads for Catania

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Prominent façade

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

A colourful floor

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century