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.

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A new site for a new city

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

A feast only for Scicli

A museum to save a tradition

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Feast days

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Norman apses

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The two churches

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A triumph of colour

A prominent church

New roads for Catania

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

The colours of the cathedral

Some masterpieces

The wall comes to life

The interior and its masterpieces

The Staircase of Angels

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

An eagle-shaped city

Discovering the mother church

A colourful floor

A majestic and luminous church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Burgos crucifix

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

From International Gothic to present day

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A symbol for the town

A miniature city

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

Between white and black

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A hall for the feasts

A square as the heart of the city

The church of Carmine

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The disastrous earthquake

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A city in colour

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Searching for colour

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

One city, three sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The city of museums

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

A half-Baroque church

The chocolate of Modica

Some prestigious works

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The internal colours

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

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

Wonderful quick decorations

Many owners, one palace

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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

A long reconstruction

The theatre of taste

A small room with a golden entrance

One city, two sites

Prominent façade

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A talking palace

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

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

A new site for a new church

The Baroque town by the sea

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph