Ragusa

Searching for colour

The interior of the church of San Giuseppe (St. Joseph) is a single large oval-shaped room.
The Friar Alberto Maria di San Giovanni Battista most likely took inspiration for its floor plan from the church of Santa Chiara (St. Claire) in Noto.
The architect friar had two entrances built, one from Piazza Pola and the other directly from the convent for access by the nuns. As you enter the church you are surprised and overwhelmed by its very high ceiling, an effect achieved thanks to the majestic dome and the four windows that fill the space with light.
Ingresso verso l’altare foto dal basso verso l’alto della cupola
As for the walls, they were left white with some golden stucco decoration.
This pallor, however, is immediately broken up by four colourful altars placed along the walls, the painting on the high altar and the vault fresco.

zoom affresco della volta
affresco della volta

The painting with the Holy Family was created by painter Matteo Battaglia from Ragusa and the fresco with the Glory of St. Benedict is the work of Sebastiano Lo Monaco, an artist from Catania.
To add colour to the room, and to create a strong contrast with the white walls, black pietra pece was used for the floor, which features a white limestone decoration.
uno degli altari sulle pareti pavimento

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A city in colour

Between white and black

The theatre of taste

Many owners, one palace

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The Burgos crucifix

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

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

A long reconstruction

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Feasting in Palazzolo

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

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

A talking palace

A colourful floor

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

The Staircase of Angels

The Maiolica of the staircase

A small room with a golden entrance

Discovering the mother church

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

The Baroque town by the sea

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Feast days

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

One city, three sites

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A majestic and luminous church

Norman apses

The wall comes to life

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

Searching for colour

The church of Carmine

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

The colours of the cathedral

The two churches

A miniature city

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Wonderful quick decorations

Some prestigious works

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A new site for a new church

The interior and its masterpieces

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Prominent façade

A half-Baroque church

The internal colours

A triumph of colour

The disastrous earthquake

A symbol for the town

New roads for Catania

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

A prominent church

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A museum to save a tradition

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

An eagle-shaped city

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

One city, two sites

The chocolate of Modica

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A feast only for Scicli

Two illustrious patron saints

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A hall for the feasts

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

Some masterpieces

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A square as the heart of the city

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

From International Gothic to present day

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)