Catania

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Located on the hill of Montevergine is one of the city’s largest complexes and the second largest monastic complex in Europe.
Benedictine monastery of Catania has a very long history marked by the passage of time (one testimony includes the remains of a Roman domus, or house), civilisations and natural disasters which have made it one of the most resistant and richest cultural sites on the entire island.
Founded by the monks of Cassino in the 16th century, when the west cloister was constructed, with the large Carrara marble fountain completed in 1608, most of the rooms were used for monastery life: the kitchens, the basement cellars, the monks’ cells over two floors, the refectory and the parlour. foto d'insiemeDuring the eruption of 1669 the monastery was hit by magma that surrounded the building: it burst through the walls and reached the first-storey windows.
Traces of the exceptional lava flow are still visible along the retaining walls, which were built specially to divert it. In 1693 the monastery was hit by the great earthquake and suffered serious damage.
The new design involved the construction of four large courtyards that would make it the largest in the world, but only two were completed: the cloister with the fountain and one in the east where the caffeaos (coffee house) was placed.

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The structure was reminiscent of a gazebo, made with white stone featuring an interesting decoration in colourful maiolica with an abstract design.

The church of Carmine

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Prominent façade

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

The wall comes to life

New roads for Catania

The chocolate of Modica

Some prestigious works

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A new site for a new church

Between white and black

Feasting in Palazzolo

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A Nobel Prize in Modica

One city, two sites

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

A feast only for Scicli

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The colours of the cathedral

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The interior and its masterpieces

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

A hall for the feasts

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A square as the heart of the city

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The two churches

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A talking palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Discovering the mother church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Searching for colour

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A symbol for the town

The Baroque town by the sea

A miniature city

The Staircase of Angels

A new site for a new city

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

One city, three sites

Norman apses

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Wonderful quick decorations

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The internal colours

Two illustrious patron saints

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

Some masterpieces

Feast days

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A city in colour

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A triumph of colour

The Burgos crucifix

A long reconstruction

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A half-Baroque church

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

The disastrous earthquake

A colourful floor

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Limestone, the colour of harmony

From International Gothic to present day

St. Sebastian, so much work!

An eagle-shaped city

A museum to save a tradition

Many owners, one palace

A majestic and luminous church

The theatre of taste

A small room with a golden entrance

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

A prominent church