Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

Scicli is one of the towns of the former County of Modica and is divided into three areas of interest, as described by the great Syracusan writer Elio Vittorini foto della cittàThe historical centre of the town, included on the World Heritage List in 2002, is situated on the San Matteo hill, characterised by narrow and irregular streets that trace the medieval urban fabric.
The outermost areas near the “quarries” of San Bartolomeo and Santa Maria la Nova are also inhabited. These important sites prove the presence of settlements since the Copper Age.
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 strade medievaliThe newly built township, a result of the earthquake of 1693, then extends along the Hyblaean plateau towards the sea.
In the mid-17th century, before the earthquake, the city had 11,000 inhabitants and around forty churches dotted about the city.
The earthquake was so devastating that it even hit the main church of San Matteo (St. Matthew).
They chose not to abandon the city and rebuilt it on the same site, expanding the town around the oldest area.
A typical material of the area for its easy processing and bright white colour, limestone was used to build the scenic Baroque works of architecture that still retain all their splendour today.cava
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The eagle-shaped city

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

The Church of St. Paul

A casket of precious works

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

One city, three sites

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The two churches

A heritage of votive works

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

A story of rebirth

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

City and nature

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The articulated interior spaces

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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

The art of maiolica

The new roads of the city

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The Staircase of Angels

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The church and the monastery

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

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

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The Palazzo dei due mori

The Church of St. Francis

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

The Franciscan convent

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

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

A stone garden

Religious architecture

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

St. Agatha and the candelore

The interior and works of art

The Church of St. Benedict

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

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

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The expansion of space and changing reality

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The casket of austerity under the great dome

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

The city palace

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

Art in the cathedral

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Luminous sacred spaces

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The works in the church

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

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

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

The palace, the town, the church

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Reconstruction after the earthquake

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

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

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The Benedictines’ library

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The church and the college

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The city within the city

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

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

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

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