The eagle-shaped city

The city of Caltagirone has very ancient origins; the first traces of settlements date back to the Neolithic age. Thanks to its strategic position on the fertile plain of the Hyblaean mountains, it became a destination for the Normans and the Greeks and Romans before them.
The city, which has always been very active, began its urban renewal even before the catastrophic earthquake of 1693. At the end of the 16th century the city was expanding.
The mother church and the castle were the focal point of the city, but with the construction of new districts it was necessary to build specific connecting roads.
In this way, roads were inserted to connect the area of San Giorgio with that of San Giacomo from east to west, and from north to south between the mother church and the southern quarter.
It was during this time that the extraordinary Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte (Staircase of St. Mary of the Mountain) and the bridge of San Francesco were built, both highly coveted by the Franciscans. Seen from above, the town’s new configuration was shaped like an eagle: the head was the former castle, the wings the quarters of San Giacomo and San Giorgio, and the tail the quarter of San Francesco.
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A Nobel Prize in Modica

The church and the college

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

A heritage of votive works

One city, three sites

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

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

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The new roads of the city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

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

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

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

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Luminous sacred spaces

The works in the church

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

A stone garden

A story of rebirth

The Franciscan convent

The interior and works of art

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The eagle-shaped city

The casket of austerity under the great dome

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

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

The interior of the church: space and colour

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

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The city palace

Art in the cathedral

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The articulated interior spaces

The palace, the town, the church

A unifying project for the city of Catania

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The city within the city

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

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

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

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

The expansion of space and changing reality

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

St. Agatha and the candelore

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

Religious architecture

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

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The Staircase of Angels

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

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

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The Palazzo dei due mori

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

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The two churches

City and nature

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

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

The Church of St. Paul

A casket of precious works

The Church of St. Benedict

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The Benedictines’ library

The art of maiolica

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The Church of St. Francis

The church and the monastery

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

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

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work