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.

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A feast only for Scicli

The interior and its masterpieces

The Maiolica of the staircase

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

A square as the heart of the city

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A new site for a new city

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Some masterpieces

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The colours of the cathedral

A small room with a golden entrance

A new site for a new church

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A museum to save a tradition

Feasting in Palazzolo

Prominent façade

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

New roads for Catania

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Burgos crucifix

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

A colourful floor

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

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The two churches

Norman apses

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A hall for the feasts

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Between white and black

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

From International Gothic to present day

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Many owners, one palace

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Two illustrious patron saints

One city, three sites

Discovering the mother church

The church of Carmine

The Staircase of Angels

A city in colour

A majestic and luminous church

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Feast days

The city of museums

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A talking palace

The disastrous earthquake

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The theatre of taste

An eagle-shaped city

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

The wall comes to life

A miniature city

Searching for colour

The chocolate of Modica

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

A prominent church

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Wonderful quick decorations

A long reconstruction

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A triumph of colour

A symbol for the town

The internal colours

A half-Baroque church

One city, two sites

Some prestigious works