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

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A half-Baroque church

New roads for Catania

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Some masterpieces

A city in colour

Norman apses

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A feast only for Scicli

The church of Carmine

Feast days

A symbol for the town

The Baroque town by the sea

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Wonderful quick decorations

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

The two churches

A small room with a golden entrance

From International Gothic to present day

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

A prominent church

Limestone, the colour of harmony

One city, three sites

One city, two sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Discovering the mother church

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The city of museums

Searching for colour

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Burgos crucifix

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

Many owners, one palace

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A long reconstruction

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

A miniature city

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Staircase of Angels

A triumph of colour

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A majestic and luminous church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A hall for the feasts

Some prestigious works

A colourful floor

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A square as the heart of the city

The internal colours

The chocolate of Modica

A new site for a new city

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The colours of the cathedral

A new site for a new church

Prominent façade

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A museum to save a tradition

The theatre of taste

The wall comes to life

The disastrous earthquake

An eagle-shaped city

Between white and black

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A talking palace

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe