Catania

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The church of San Benedetto (St. Benedict) is part of a larger complex including the monastery and a small church where the MACS (Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, Sicily Contemporary Art Museum) is now located.foto del prospetto
It was also part of the reorganisation after the earthquake in 1693.
In fact, the Benedictine monastery originally had only one church, the second (home to the museum) was part of the old convent of Santa Maddalena (St. Magdalene), which were connected by an arch in 1704. The church was rebuilt in a few years (1704-1713) and dedicated to St. Benedict of Nursia .
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The façade of the church on Via dei Crociferi is tall and majestic and separated from the street by a wrought iron gate. The gate is divided horizontally into three levels: in the first there is the access portal; in the second there is a louvre window with a balcony; and the same layout is also repeated on the final level which completes the façade with a triangular structure.
For the decoration some architectural elements were used creatively; one example includes the structures on the first level that divide the façade vertically and are formed by a half column, on which a pilaster strip then another half column are placed.
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The entrance is up a spectacular staircase; the church has a single nave nave and is illuminated by the six large windows on the vault and the chandeliers resting on the trabeation .
The polychrome marble floor is the only remnant of the 17th-century church and was recovered from the ruins of the earthquake.

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A small room with a golden entrance

A talking palace

The colours of the cathedral

Feast days

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Between white and black

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The internal colours

Some masterpieces

The Staircase of Angels

Wonderful quick decorations

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A hall for the feasts

Two illustrious patron saints

The city of museums

A new site for a new church

The wall comes to life

A miniature city

Some prestigious works

A long reconstruction

A symbol for the town

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The chocolate of Modica

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A prominent church

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Modica, a city with ancient origins

An eagle-shaped city

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

The two churches

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The church of Carmine

Norman apses

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

New roads for Catania

The disastrous earthquake

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Burgos crucifix

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Baroque town by the sea

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

Searching for colour

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A feast only for Scicli

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

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

One city, three sites

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A colourful floor

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Prominent façade

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

One city, two sites

Many owners, one palace

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A city in colour

From International Gothic to present day

A new site for a new city

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The theatre of taste

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A square as the heart of the city

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A majestic and luminous church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Maiolica of the staircase

A half-Baroque church

The interior and its masterpieces

A triumph of colour

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Limestone, the colour of harmony