Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

Master engineer Giuseppe Vespa designed the project for the new roads of Catania. In collaboration with the administration, he chose Piazza Duomo as the central point.
The new square was wider than the old Platea Magna and was where the most important religious and secular buildings were built: the Cathedral of Sant'Agata was rebuilt on the remains of the ancient Norman cathedral; the Archbishop’s Palace, the Seminary Palace of the Clerics and the Senatorial Palace were also built here.
palazzo semìnatorio
In the centre of the square, the Fountain of the Elephant was built in 1736 by Giovanni Battista Vaccarini as a representative symbol of the city.
Fontana dell'elefante
It is located at the point where the main roads merge, similar to the Bernini model of the Elephant and Obelisk in Rome.
Over time, it was completed with subsequent additions that preserve the memory of different historical periods, also seen in its materials.
The Egyptian obelisk, just over three and a half metres tall, is placed on the elephant’s back and has a globe on top, at the top of which shines a cross with the initials of St. Agatha, the city’s patron saint.
Below the elephant is a pedestal with the statues of the two rivers .
The materials used are dark lava stone from Roman times and white limestone, which recall the colours of the architecture overlooking the square, defined by scenic backdrops.

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

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

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

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The works in the church

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

Luminous sacred spaces

The articulated interior spaces

A stone garden

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Staircase of Angels

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The art of maiolica

The city within the city

The church and the college

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The Benedictines’ library

The new roads of the city

The Church of St. Benedict

A casket of precious works

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

One city, three sites

The expansion of space and changing reality

Religious architecture

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

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

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

The interior and works of art

Art in the cathedral

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

The casket of austerity under the great dome

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The Palazzo dei due mori

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The palace, the town, the church

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

The city palace

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The eagle-shaped city

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

A story of rebirth

The interior of the church: space and colour

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

City and nature

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The Church of St. Paul

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

The two churches

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

St. Agatha and the candelore

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

The Church of St. Francis

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The Franciscan convent

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The church and the monastery

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

A heritage of votive works

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception