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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Feast days

A square as the heart of the city

The Baroque town by the sea

A talking palace

A small room with a golden entrance

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A prominent church

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Searching for colour

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Maiolica of the staircase

A feast only for Scicli

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

The disastrous earthquake

Discovering the mother church

One city, three sites

A symbol for the town

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Prominent façade

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A new site for a new city

The theatre of taste

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Some prestigious works

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

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Modica, a city with ancient origins

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Between white and black

The church of Carmine

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The chocolate of Modica

The two churches

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A city in colour

From International Gothic to present day

Wonderful quick decorations

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The Staircase of Angels

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The wall comes to life

The colours of the cathedral

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

One city, two sites

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A hall for the feasts

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The city of museums

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A miniature city

An eagle-shaped city

Two illustrious patron saints

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A long reconstruction

Norman apses

A triumph of colour

Some masterpieces

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

A half-Baroque church

New roads for Catania

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

Many owners, one palace

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Burgos crucifix

The internal colours

A majestic and luminous church

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

A colourful floor

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A new site for a new church