Modica

Some prestigious works

Inside the church there are valuable works of art including the Tavola di Sant’Alberto (Panel of St. Albert), the Madonna del Latte and the Annunciation. The former was perhaps part of a polyptych, a painting composition that also included other panels.
The painting depicts St. Albert with a lily and a book in one hand and a crucifix in the other. The work dates back to the early 16th century. According to some scholars the panel was painted between 1513 and 1517 by Leonardo da Vinci’s student, Cesare de Sesto, when he lived in Sicily.
The Madonna del Latte is an interesting sculpture made of papier-mâché, a much more delicate material than classic marble, wood or bronze. The work dates from around the 14th century and is located to the right of the church atrium.
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The Annunciation is a sculptural group in white marble, created by the workshop of a Palermo-born artist, Giandomenico Gagini.
The faces of the angel and the Virgin were carved with extreme delicateness and both the blue dress of Mary and the angel’s hair were finely coloured.

Wonderful quick decorations

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

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

Discovering the mother church

A feast only for Scicli

A new site for a new city

A city in colour

The Burgos crucifix

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

The theatre of taste

A colourful floor

A triumph of colour

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

One city, three sites

The Baroque town by the sea

The church of Carmine

Norman apses

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Searching for colour

The internal colours

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A long reconstruction

A majestic and luminous church

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

Two illustrious patron saints

A talking palace

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Limestone, the colour of harmony

An eagle-shaped city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A hall for the feasts

A museum to save a tradition

A small room with a golden entrance

The Maiolica of the staircase

The two churches

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The wall comes to life

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A prominent church

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The disastrous earthquake

The interior and its masterpieces

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

Some prestigious works

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Some masterpieces

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

New roads for Catania

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Staircase of Angels

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

Between white and black

Prominent façade

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A new site for a new church

The colours of the cathedral

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

One city, two sites

The chocolate of Modica

The city of museums

Feast days

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

A miniature city

A symbol for the town

A square as the heart of the city

A half-Baroque church