Catania

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

The church of San Giuliano (St. Julian) has a majestic white marble façade protected by a tall wrought iron gate.
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One of the structure’s most characteristic elements is undoubtedly the belly of the central section. The façade is also divided into two levels: the first contains the portals, but only the middle one grants access to the church; the second features seven louvre , windows, with the largest in the centre. The marble façade contrasts with the large octagon of the dark grey lava stone dome. A white stone loggia was built on it, which allowed the nuns to admire the city, and above all to watch the procession of St. Agatha passing along Via dei Crociferi.
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The interior was enchanting! Plays of light and colour create an incredible atmosphere in the church.
Small and cosy thanks to the Greek cross central plan , the church floor immediately catches the eye, with white and red geometric designs. The white walls are illuminated by gold which outlines the edges and the most important elements. The church was also enriched by four chapels whose artwork broke up the white of the walls.

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A hall for the feasts

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A symbol for the town

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The wall comes to life

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A small room with a golden entrance

A square as the heart of the city

A feast only for Scicli

A half-Baroque church

The interior and its masterpieces

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

A new site for a new church

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

An eagle-shaped city

A museum to save a tradition

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A new site for a new city

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

The Staircase of Angels

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

One city, three sites

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The disastrous earthquake

New roads for Catania

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Searching for colour

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Wonderful quick decorations

The colours of the cathedral

The church of Carmine

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A prominent church

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Prominent façade

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

From International Gothic to present day

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A majestic and luminous church

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Some masterpieces

Norman apses

The Maiolica of the staircase

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The two churches

Two illustrious patron saints

Many owners, one palace

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A miniature city

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Baroque town by the sea

Between white and black

The internal colours

The Burgos crucifix

The theatre of taste

The city of museums

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

A colourful floor

Discovering the mother church

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Some prestigious works

A triumph of colour

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A talking palace

A long reconstruction

A city in colour

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Feast days

The chocolate of Modica

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

One city, two sites

Feasting in Palazzolo

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