Palazzolo Acreide

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The church of San Sebastiano (St. Sebastian) is located in the centre of Palazzolo Acreide, a few metres from the town hall in Piazza del Popolo.facciata da piazza del popolo pieno giorno
Over the centuries the church was rebuilt and modernised several times. The first religious building dedicated to St. Sebastian probably dates back to the 15th century and was built where the church of San Rocco (St. Roch) used to stand.
Very quickly the church proved to be too small and so it was extended; in 1655 the new structure was finished.
But the joy of having a new church did not last long, as the violent earthquake of 1693 almost completely destroyed the church. For many years religious services were held in a hut, a makeshift structure not far from the remains of the church.
Years passed and those in charge of the religious congregation felt the need to rebuild and give the district back its church. The stages of construction were long and complex due to economic difficulties and various debates, especially with the nearby Capuchin friars.
The end result was an incredible sight; it was difficult not to be enchanted by it.
Whether in broad daylight, by the light of sunset, the darkness of the evening, or Christmas lights, the church attracts attention and arouses a strong feeling of majesty and grandeur.

The chocolate of Modica

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Connections with other UNESCO sites

An eagle-shaped city

The Baroque town by the sea

The colours of the cathedral

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A small room with a golden entrance

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Some masterpieces

A miniature city

A new site for a new city

One city, two sites

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

A museum to save a tradition

Discovering the mother church

The interior and its masterpieces

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Between white and black

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

From International Gothic to present day

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

One city, three sites

The disastrous earthquake

A new site for a new church

A symbol for the town

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The Burgos crucifix

The two churches

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A colourful floor

Searching for colour

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

A triumph of colour

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

A prominent church

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A city in colour

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The wall comes to life

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The theatre of taste

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The internal colours

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Many owners, one palace

The church of Carmine

Wonderful quick decorations

Two illustrious patron saints

A hall for the feasts

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Staircase of Angels

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

A half-Baroque church

New roads for Catania

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Prominent façade

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A talking palace

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

A majestic and luminous church

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feasting in Palazzolo

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Norman apses

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

A feast only for Scicli

Feast days

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Some prestigious works

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A long reconstruction