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.
struttura dietro l’altare

A long reconstruction

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

Some prestigious works

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A prominent church

A small room with a golden entrance

The internal colours

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Searching for colour

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A talking palace

The city of museums

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The wall comes to life

Feast days

Norman apses

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Some masterpieces

The theatre of taste

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A miniature city

One city, three sites

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

From International Gothic to present day

Feasting in Palazzolo

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Many owners, one palace

The interior and its masterpieces

A square as the heart of the city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A majestic and luminous church

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

One city, two sites

The two churches

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

A new site for a new city

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The Staircase of Angels

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The church of Carmine

The chocolate of Modica

New roads for Catania

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The disastrous earthquake

The Maiolica of the staircase

A feast only for Scicli

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

Wonderful quick decorations

A museum to save a tradition

A half-Baroque church

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

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

A hall for the feasts

A symbol for the town

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The colours of the cathedral

The Burgos crucifix

Between white and black

Discovering the mother church

Two illustrious patron saints

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

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

A colourful floor

Prominent façade

A city in colour

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A triumph of colour

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

An eagle-shaped city

A new site for a new church

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)