Palazzolo Acreide

The Church of St. Paul

The church of San Paolo (St. Paul) was built around the mid-18th century in an area of the town where the small church of Santa Sofia (St. Sophia) once stood.
The Basilica of San Paolo, destroyed by the earthquake of 1693, was rebuilt between 1720-1730 and became one of the most beautiful examples of Baroque in the Val di Noto. The mighty façade was probably built by architect Vincenzo Sinatra .

fil di ferro La chiesa di San Paolo
La chiesa di San Paolo

This possible attribution is linked to the similarity of its lateral concavities with Palazzo Ducezio in Noto, where Sinatra worked in the 1740s. It is structured on three levels of arches and columns, surmounted by Corinthian capitals and a prònao that emphasises the depth of the façade, filtering light and creating evocative chiaroscuro effects.
The first level consists of five arcades, each divided by two pairs of Corinthian columns supported by a large plinth at the base of the church.
The second level is astounding. In the centre is a large statue of Christ who appears almost miraculously next to two guardian angels. The bell tower rises up from the final level.

Six pairs of statues of the Apostles adorn the façade, surmounted by a frieze depicting the sword of St. Paul twisted around by a snake. One of the most significant elements of the façade is the large bronze portal depicting the life of the patron saint.

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

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

The Benedictines’ library

The Franciscan convent

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The art of maiolica

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The two churches

A stone garden

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The eagle-shaped city

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

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

Luminous sacred spaces

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Art in the cathedral

The articulated interior spaces

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

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The interior of the church: space and colour

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

A unifying project for the city of Catania

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

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Church of St. Francis

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

A story of rebirth

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The works in the church

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

The new roads of the city

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The Palazzo dei due mori

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

St. Agatha and the candelore

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The city within the city

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The Church of St. Benedict

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The interior and works of art

A Nobel Prize in Modica

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

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

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

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

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

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

One city, three sites

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The palace, the town, the church

The city palace

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

A heritage of votive works

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

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

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

City and nature

A casket of precious works

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The church and the college

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The church and the monastery

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

Religious architecture

The expansion of space and changing reality

The Church of St. Paul

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

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Staircase of Angels

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

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