The interior and its masterpieces

Once inside the church your eye is driven upwards, attracted by the majestic dome decorated in 1842 by Catanese painter Giuseppe Rapisardi. The fresco depicts St. Beryl, the city’s third patron saint , as St. Peter gives him the task of founding the Catanese church.
If you lower your gaze you will then see the gigantic windows, which fill the interior with light, followed by the round-bottomed grilles that allowed the nuns to attend celebrations in the church, and finally the four chapels with the altars.
The first and second of the four altars feature two of the oldest artworks, probably transferred from the old convent: a 14th-century panel depicting a Crucifixion and a painting with St. Anthony the Abbot by Pietro Abadessa from 1643. On the third altar, the first to the right of the entrance, is the painting by Olivio Sozzi from Catania. On the other side there is a sculptural group that represents the Crucifixion, with: Our Lady of Sorrows, John and Mary Magdalene.
Last but not least, we come to the main altar .
The uniqueness of this altar lies in its veritable status as architecture and not mere sculpture. It was created by the sculptor Giovambattista Marino based on a design attributed to Vaccarini .

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The city of museums

Feast days

The Burgos crucifix

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

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

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

A city in colour

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Discovering the mother church

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A triumph of colour

The internal colours

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A talking palace

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Staircase of Angels

A feast only for Scicli

A majestic and luminous church

The colours of the cathedral

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Prominent façade

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

One city, two sites

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Wonderful quick decorations

The church of Carmine

The wall comes to life

Some prestigious works

The disastrous earthquake

New roads for Catania

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

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

A symbol for the town

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A prominent church

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A new site for a new city

The theatre of taste

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A museum to save a tradition

Between white and black

A colourful floor

One city, three sites

A long reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A half-Baroque church

The interior and its masterpieces

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Many owners, one palace

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A new site for a new church

An eagle-shaped city

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Two illustrious patron saints

A small room with a golden entrance

A miniature city

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

The chocolate of Modica

The two churches

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The Baroque town by the sea

From International Gothic to present day

Searching for colour

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Feasting in Palazzolo

Norman apses

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A hall for the feasts

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town