Ragusa

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The church of San Giuseppe (St. Joseph) is located on the corner of Piazza Pola, near the Cathedral of San Giorgio (St. George) in Ibla.foto della piazza che inquadra la chiesa It was built after 1756, when the Benedictine nuns of the nearby convent, led by the abbess Battistina Maria Arezzo, bought the old dilapidated church of San Tommaso Apostolo (Thomas the Apostle). Thanks to them, reconstruction work began for the new church of San Giuseppe (St. Joseph).
The church building was built first, completed in 1774, followed by the demolition of the bell tower and the completion of the external and internal decorations. Foto facciata Initially the design for the new church was attributed to the great architect Rosario Gagliardi because of similarities with his other work, such as the Cathedral of San Giorgio (St. George) and the church of San Domenico (St. Dominic) in Noto. They all featured a horizontal division into three levels, with the final level containing the bell, but opinions have changed over the years and following more in-depth studies. Work by another architect, the Carmelite Friar Alberto Maria di San Giovanni Battista, who worked not only in Ragusa but also on the church of San Giovanni Evangelista (St. John the Evangelist) in Scicli, has a less innovative style than Gagliardi and is more similar to local artistic culture.
Well over seventy years later, Ibla and the Benedictine convent had a functioning new church, enjoyed by nuns and worshippers.
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A half-Baroque church

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

From International Gothic to present day

Some masterpieces

The chocolate of Modica

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

One city, three sites

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A new site for a new city

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

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

New roads for Catania

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A hall for the feasts

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The internal colours

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Searching for colour

Between white and black

Norman apses

The church of Carmine

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Some prestigious works

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

A small room with a golden entrance

A feast only for Scicli

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Feasting in Palazzolo

Feast days

A symbol for the town

One city, two sites

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A colourful floor

The city of museums

The Maiolica of the staircase

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A miniature city

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Staircase of Angels

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Two illustrious patron saints

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A museum to save a tradition

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

A triumph of colour

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

The Burgos crucifix

A square as the heart of the city

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A talking palace

A new site for a new church

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The wall comes to life

The Baroque town by the sea

The colours of the cathedral

The theatre of taste

Discovering the mother church

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The interior and its masterpieces

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

An eagle-shaped city

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The disastrous earthquake

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A majestic and luminous church

Many owners, one palace

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

A prominent church

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The two churches

A long reconstruction

A city in colour

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

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

Wonderful quick decorations