Catania

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Giardino dei Novizi (Garden of Novices) is one of the most fascinating places in the monastery.
Over the centuries it has suffered a great deal of damage and experienced various transformations. In 1977 work began to restore the monastery, supervised by architect Giancarlo De Carlo .
The Garden of Novices, as the name suggests, was reserved for those beginning their spiritual journey to become part of the religious order, where they would observe and learn the Benedictine way of life.
The garden was built atop the accumulation of lava after the 1669 eruption; in the 20th century, it was destroyed to make room for a gymnasium that did not last long. The architect  De Carlo recovered the old garden, restored the area, added a spiral staircase and fountain and turned it into a green space open to all.
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Norman apses

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Many owners, one palace

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Modica, a city with ancient origins

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Two illustrious patron saints

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Feast days

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Prominent façade

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The disastrous earthquake

A feast only for Scicli

The Baroque town by the sea

One city, three sites

The two churches

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One city, two sites

Some prestigious works

The theatre of taste

The chocolate of Modica

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Feasting in Palazzolo

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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

Discovering the mother church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A colourful floor

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

Wonderful quick decorations

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Maiolica of the staircase

New roads for Catania

The city of museums

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Staircase of Angels

A majestic and luminous church

A miniature city

The Burgos crucifix

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The interior and its masterpieces

The wall comes to life

A hall for the feasts

An eagle-shaped city

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Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A prominent church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The church of Carmine

A half-Baroque church

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The colours of the cathedral

A city in colour

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

Some masterpieces

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

Searching for colour

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A new site for a new city

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A long reconstruction

A new site for a new church

A small room with a golden entrance

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A museum to save a tradition

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

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A triumph of colour

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A talking palace

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The façade used as a puppet theatre

Between white and black

From International Gothic to present day

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A square as the heart of the city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

A symbol for the town

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe