Caltagirone

The Church of St. Francis

Across the bridge of San Francesco, on the square of the same name, stands the majestic church of San Francesco D’Assisi all’Immacolata. The original building was built in 1236 by Beato Riccardo, one of the most devout followers of St. Francis, then enlarged a few centuries later under the supervision of Father Gerardo Arcolaci.
The church was destroyed by the earthquake of 1693, after which it was rebuilt in 1724 in Baroque style, and is preceded by a winding staircase. Some Gothic-style remains of the original structure, characterised by the finish of the local sandstone used in that period, are located in the rooms adjacent to the sacristy and the portal in the cloister.
In 1727, the works were revised by the architects Tommaso Amato and Francesco Battaglia , who changed the majestic Baroque stone façade, taking inspiration from examples from Palermo , making it one of the most interesting façades in Caltagirone.
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Divided into two levels and marked by staggered columns that accentuate the contrasts of light and shadow, it had four niches with Franciscan saints placed in the lateral sections.
These were replaced with four Marian symbols distributed on “ large boards “, as if to frame the central niche with the statue of the Immaculate Conception. In 1807, a small apse with a small dome was built on the right side of the façade.
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A stone garden

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The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

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The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

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St. Agatha and the candelore

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

The church and the monastery

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The church and the college

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The Church of St. Francis

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

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Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

A heritage of votive works

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The Church of Madonna della Stella

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The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

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Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

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A story of rebirth

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The Church of St. Paul

Art in the cathedral

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

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The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The palace, the town, the church

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

A casket of precious works

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The city palace

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The interior and works of art

The Palazzo dei due mori

The works in the church

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

Altars, saints and sculptural works

City and nature

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

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The Staircase of Angels

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

Luminous sacred spaces

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The art of maiolica

A unifying project for the city of Catania

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The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The Franciscan convent

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The Church of St. Benedict

The Benedictines’ library

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

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The eagle-shaped city

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The expansion of space and changing reality

The two churches

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

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The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

Religious architecture

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The articulated interior spaces

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The city within the city

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The interior of the church: space and colour

The new roads of the city

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo