Palazzolo Acreide

Some masterpieces

The church houses splendid works that complete and decorate the interior.
The altar area definitely attracts attention. Composed of a series of wonderful elements, the structure behind the altar is a carving masterpiece.
La struttura dietro l’altare La struttura dietro l’altare
It is richly elaborate and a dozen columns surmounted by putto heads complete the composition. The same attention to detail can be found in the use of colour on the lower part of the structure, completely in marble; the artist chose and combined fragments of blue, red, yellow and white marble.

A little above the altar is the painting by Paolo Tanasi completed in 1827.
The work depicts the Annunciation , one of the most important moments in Christian history when the angel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would give birth to the Messiah. Tanasi chose well-defined colours such as yellow, which highlights the shape of the angel, and blue, which emphasises the corporeality of the Virgin Mary.
In the transept you can see the Madonna del Carmelo (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) completely covered in gold. She shines from afar and demands attention. The right nave houses the statue of Santa Teresa (St. Theresa) and as usual, above one of the altars is the depiction of the Holy Family, the Virgin Mary, the Child and John the Baptist.
Un dipinto, dietro l’altare raffigura l’Annunciazione la statua di Santa Teresa Madonna del Carmelo, nel transetto

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The internal colours

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

A feast only for Scicli

Norman apses

A small room with a golden entrance

A new site for a new city

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A colourful floor

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

Many owners, one palace

Some prestigious works

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

A triumph of colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Baroque town by the sea

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

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

A museum to save a tradition

The Maiolica of the staircase

New roads for Catania

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The façade used as a puppet theatre

One city, two sites

The city of museums

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A city in colour

Wonderful quick decorations

The church of Carmine

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A talking palace

A symbol for the town

The interior and its masterpieces

A new site for a new church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A hall for the feasts

A majestic and luminous church

A half-Baroque church

One city, three sites

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The two churches

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

Feast days

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A square as the heart of the city

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The theatre of taste

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A miniature city

The disastrous earthquake

Some masterpieces

Two illustrious patron saints

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A long reconstruction

The colours of the cathedral

Discovering the mother church

The Burgos crucifix

Searching for colour

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

A prominent church

The wall comes to life

An eagle-shaped city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The Staircase of Angels

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

From International Gothic to present day

Between white and black

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara