Ragusa

Prominent façade

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La chiesa di San Giuseppe

The church of San Giuseppe (St. Joseph) is small and occupies a much smaller space than large cathedrals. This, however, did not prevent it from featuring prominently in the square. This was made possible by the design choices of the Friar Alberto Maria di San Giovanni Battista.
The façade of the new building was built further back than the previous church of San Tommaso (St. Thomas) to make it more visible from the street.
The façade is divided into three levels: in the first there is the entrance portal, on the second a louvre window , and the third acts as a bell tower.
This means that the different levels are different in size; the tallest segment contains the portal, followed by the middle and end segments.
The division, however, is not only horizontal; the free-standing columns and pilasters , resting on high bases divide the façade into three vertical parts.
This creates a play of light and shadow that seems to make the façade move; the architect achieved this effect using various decorative elements in relief and a design that sees the central part protrude further than the side sections.
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Six statues of Benedictine saints were placed on the façade: two bishop saints were placed to the sides of the portal, St. Gertrude and Scholastica on the lateral sections, and St. Benedict and St. Maurus on the second level.
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A city in colour

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Between white and black

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The disastrous earthquake

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A new site for a new church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A prominent church

A museum to save a tradition

A majestic and luminous church

A colourful floor

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

Many owners, one palace

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

From International Gothic to present day

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

Searching for colour

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

A half-Baroque church

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

The wall comes to life

New roads for Catania

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

An eagle-shaped city

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

Prominent façade

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

One city, two sites

A miniature city

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The city of museums

A square as the heart of the city

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The internal colours

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The theatre of taste

The Burgos crucifix

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Some masterpieces

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Norman apses

Feasting in Palazzolo

Some prestigious works

A talking palace

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

The interior and its masterpieces

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Wonderful quick decorations

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The church of Carmine

A small room with a golden entrance

One city, three sites

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Discovering the mother church

The two churches

The Baroque town by the sea

A new site for a new city

A feast only for Scicli

The colours of the cathedral

A symbol for the town

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A hall for the feasts

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A long reconstruction

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Feast days

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A triumph of colour

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The Staircase of Angels

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)