The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The city of Modica, which was the capital of the county of the same name until 1816, is located in the central part of the Hyblaean plateau.
città panoramica ModicaIt sits in a natural scenic context characterised by a particular urban structure due to two deep gorges on which the two sides of the city stand.
Already in the Middle Ages there was strong discontinuity between the central district and the outer parts, which is where the characteristic image of the broken pomegranate, as poetically described by the writer Gesualdo Bufalino came from.
The inhabited centre is built across two districts, Modica alta (Upper Modica), built in a rocky, hilly area, and Modica bassa (Lower Modica), which is built around the two former streams.
Until the beginning of the 20th century, Modica was crossed by small streams and a series of bridges that connected the various parts of the city. The rivers were buried and the old river became the current Corso Umberto.
corso Umberto I città drone inquadrando frontalmente le due chiese
The motif of the staircase, a main architectural feature of the city, is often used to bridge the gap between the different levels. The Cathedral of San Giorgio and that of San Pietro, two important religious buildings that are more majestic than the rest of the city, are both located above the city and are connected to the areas below by a majestic staircase.
Modica is also called the “city of a hundred churches” for the conspicuous presence of sacred buildings erected during the fervent reconstruction following the earthquake of 1693, led by the monastic orders and rich landowners.

The Benedictines’ library

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

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

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

The articulated interior spaces

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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

The eagle-shaped city

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

One city, three sites

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The city within the city

Religious architecture

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Church of St. Paul

The Palazzo dei due mori

The city palace

The Staircase of Angels

The Church of St. Benedict

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The works in the church

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The new roads of the city

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

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The casket of austerity under the great dome

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

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

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

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

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

The interior of the church: space and colour

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The church and the college

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The Franciscan convent

The Church of St. Francis

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

Luminous sacred spaces

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

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

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

A stone garden

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

A casket of precious works

St. Agatha and the candelore

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

The palace, the town, the church

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A heritage of votive works

The art of maiolica

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The church and the monastery

The two churches

The interior and works of art

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

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

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

City and nature

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

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

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

A story of rebirth

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

Art in the cathedral

The expansion of space and changing reality

The senses tell the Church of San Michele