The Baroque town by the sea

Scicli is one of the towns of the ancient County of Modica and is divided into three areas of interest, as described by the great Syracusan writer Elio Vittorini .
The town’s historical centre, included on the World Heritage List in 2002, is situated on the San Matteo hill and characterised by narrow, irregular streets that trace the medieval urban fabric.
The outermost areas near the “quarries” of San Bartolomeo and Santa Maria la Nova are also inhabited.
These important sites prove the presence of settlements since the Copper Age. The new township, a result of the earthquake of 1693, then extends along the Hyblaean plateau towards the sea.
In the mid-17th century Scicli had 11000 inhabitants and around forty churches, but the earthquake destroyed everything.
The most important church, San Matteo (St. Matthew), collapsed and many monasteries and convents suffered the same tragic fate.
Only a few buildings remained standing. What could be done? It was time to act. In this case they chose not to abandon Scicli, but to rebuild it. The town was extended around the oldest area. New civic and religious buildings were built such as the Palazzo Beneventano and the church of San Giovanni Evangelista (St. John the Evangelist).
White limestone was used for the new buildings. A typical material of the area, it was easy to work and sculpt, and bestowed the landscape with a bright and brilliant appearance.
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A half-Baroque church

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A feast only for Scicli

The wall comes to life

A museum to save a tradition

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A miniature city

Feasting in Palazzolo

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

An eagle-shaped city

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Two illustrious patron saints

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Many owners, one palace

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A prominent church

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

One city, two sites

The colours of the cathedral

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Searching for colour

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

A colourful floor

From International Gothic to present day

A city in colour

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

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

A new site for a new church

Wonderful quick decorations

Discovering the mother church

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Some masterpieces

The Burgos crucifix

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The Maiolica of the staircase

Some prestigious works

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The two churches

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A triumph of colour

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The theatre of taste

One city, three sites

A symbol for the town

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Staircase of Angels

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A hall for the feasts

New roads for Catania

Between white and black

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Prominent façade

The city of museums

A long reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The chocolate of Modica

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The internal colours

The interior and its masterpieces

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

Feast days

A new site for a new city

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A talking palace

Norman apses

A small room with a golden entrance

A square as the heart of the city

A majestic and luminous church

The disastrous earthquake