Modica

From International Gothic to present day

interno chiesa dall’ingresso verso l’altareThe interior of the church of Carmine features a classic Sicilian maiolica floor paired with a snow white wall with some architectural elements in relief such as capitals , arches, columns and the trabeation .
Their combination produces plays of light and shadow, achieved thanks to the rays of sunlight filtering through the windows. The altars, paintings such as the panel of St. Albert and the sculptural complex of the Annunciation add colour to and illuminate the church of Carmine. The white wooden structure behind the main altar is wonderful, embellished with golden stuccoes in the centre of which is the Madonna and Child.
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An astonishing discovery was made a few years ago: to the right of the apse , hidden in the wall, was the entrance to a side chapel of medieval, late-Gothic times. Traces remain of its ancient decoration and the funerary room beneath the floor.
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The disastrous earthquake

Between white and black

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The colours of the cathedral

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Searching for colour

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

A half-Baroque church

The two churches

The church of Carmine

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Some masterpieces

A new site for a new church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

Norman apses

A long reconstruction

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Burgos crucifix

Many owners, one palace

The Baroque town by the sea

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A hall for the feasts

A symbol for the town

A majestic and luminous church

A triumph of colour

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

One city, three sites

Some prestigious works

New roads for Catania

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

A miniature city

Discovering the mother church

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The city of museums

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The chocolate of Modica

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A colourful floor

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Maiolica of the staircase

Wonderful quick decorations

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A prominent church

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

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

The theatre of taste

Feast days

A feast only for Scicli

Prominent façade

The façade used as a puppet theatre

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

A city in colour

The wall comes to life

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

A square as the heart of the city

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The internal colours

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Feasting in Palazzolo

From International Gothic to present day

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A small room with a golden entrance

One city, two sites

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

A talking palace

An eagle-shaped city

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Staircase of Angels

Two illustrious patron saints