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

Some prestigious works

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A majestic and luminous church

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Norman apses

Searching for colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A talking palace

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

The Baroque town by the sea

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A colourful floor

A hall for the feasts

The theatre of taste

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

A new site for a new church

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Prominent façade

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Many owners, one palace

Two illustrious patron saints

New roads for Catania

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A city in colour

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Between white and black

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

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

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

A new site for a new city

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

An eagle-shaped city

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A triumph of colour

The city of museums

The two churches

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A square as the heart of the city

Some masterpieces

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The wall comes to life

Wonderful quick decorations

A museum to save a tradition

A feast only for Scicli

The Burgos crucifix

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Feast days

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

One city, three sites

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

The colours of the cathedral

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A small room with a golden entrance

A miniature city

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A symbol for the town

The church of Carmine

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A half-Baroque church

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Feasting in Palazzolo

A long reconstruction

A prominent church

The Staircase of Angels

Discovering the mother church

St. Sebastian, so much work!

From International Gothic to present day

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

One city, two sites

The disastrous earthquake

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

The internal colours