Noto

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The plan of the church of San Domenico is expressed through the synthesis of the longitudinal and central typology, according to a slightly elongated Greek cross layout.
This type of space is difficult to find in Sicilian churches before this time. The large central area formed by the intersection of the axes houses the dome located at the second arcade, which is inserted on four pillars in the shape of a cross.
These are bevelled laterally to create an irregular octagon that supports the dome.
The interior is divided into three naves and other liturgical rooms are joined around the central space inscribed in the dome. In this work of architecture we find the compositional theme of the niche at the entrance which opens directly onto the central nave, juxtaposed with the square-shaped presbyterial area. The diagonal spaces created are lit by an autonomous model from above; Gagliardi inserted a secondary structure of columns and arches on which the five richly frescoed domes are placed.

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

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

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The Staircase of Angels

A stone garden

The art of maiolica

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

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

Religious architecture

City and nature

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

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

A heritage of votive works

The church and the college

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The eagle-shaped city

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The interior and works of art

The Franciscan convent

The church and the monastery

A story of rebirth

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The Church of St. Francis

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

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

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The articulated interior spaces

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The expansion of space and changing reality

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

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Church of St. Benedict

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The works in the church

St. Agatha and the candelore

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The interior of the church: space and colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The palace, the town, the church

The Palazzo dei due mori

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

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

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

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

The new roads of the city

Art in the cathedral

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The two churches

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The Church of St. Paul

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The city within the city

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

One city, three sites

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

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

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

Luminous sacred spaces

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The Benedictines’ library

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

A casket of precious works

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The city palace

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

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

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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