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.

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Feast days

An eagle-shaped city

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

Some prestigious works

A small room with a golden entrance

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

Between white and black

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The chocolate of Modica

A city in colour

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The internal colours

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The colours of the cathedral

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A long reconstruction

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Two illustrious patron saints

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feasting in Palazzolo

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A prominent church

A colourful floor

A majestic and luminous church

A feast only for Scicli

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A miniature city

A new site for a new church

One city, three sites

Some masterpieces

A museum to save a tradition

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The Burgos crucifix

The wall comes to life

A half-Baroque church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Staircase of Angels

Norman apses

The Maiolica of the staircase

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Prominent façade

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

A triumph of colour

The city of museums

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

Discovering the mother church

A hall for the feasts

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The church of Carmine

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

A new site for a new city

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The two churches

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Many owners, one palace

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Searching for colour

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

The Baroque town by the sea

New roads for Catania

St. Sebastian, so much work!

One city, two sites

The theatre of taste

Connections with other UNESCO sites

From International Gothic to present day

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

A talking palace

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Wonderful quick decorations

A square as the heart of the city

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A symbol for the town

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

The disastrous earthquake