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 façade used as a puppet theatre

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

The city of museums

The Staircase of Angels

Feast days

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The two churches

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The chocolate of Modica

A colourful floor

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

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

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

A museum to save a tradition

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A prominent church

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Discovering the mother church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The church of Carmine

A symbol for the town

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Limestone, the colour of harmony

An eagle-shaped city

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

One city, two sites

From International Gothic to present day

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

A new site for a new city

Norman apses

A new site for a new church

Wonderful quick decorations

Some prestigious works

The Burgos crucifix

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

One city, three sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Two illustrious patron saints

A small room with a golden entrance

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A half-Baroque church

A city in colour

The wall comes to life

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Between white and black

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Some masterpieces

New roads for Catania

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

A miniature city

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A square as the heart of the city

The disastrous earthquake

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Prominent façade

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Feasting in Palazzolo

A majestic and luminous church

The colours of the cathedral

Searching for colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A long reconstruction

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The internal colours

The Baroque town by the sea

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A talking palace

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

The theatre of taste

The interior and its masterpieces

A hall for the feasts

A triumph of colour

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town