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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The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

One city, two sites

A long reconstruction

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A colourful floor

Two illustrious patron saints

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

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

A new site for a new city

A Nobel Prize in Modica

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

A symbol for the town

From International Gothic to present day

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

The two churches

Wonderful quick decorations

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Feast days

The theatre of taste

The city of museums

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A feast only for Scicli

The church of Carmine

A miniature city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

A prominent church

A talking palace

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The internal colours

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

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

Some prestigious works

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

New roads for Catania

A new site for a new church

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A majestic and luminous church

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

Norman apses

Discovering the mother church

One city, three sites

Some masterpieces

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The colours of the cathedral

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A city in colour

The Maiolica of the staircase

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A half-Baroque church

The disastrous earthquake

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The façade used as a puppet theatre

An eagle-shaped city

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The wall comes to life

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Baroque town by the sea

A hall for the feasts

Searching for colour

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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 Giovanni Evangelista

A square as the heart of the city

A small room with a golden entrance

Many owners, one palace

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

Prominent façade

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The Burgos crucifix

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Between white and black

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

A triumph of colour

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Staircase of Angels

A museum to save a tradition

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church