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 hall for the feasts

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The Burgos crucifix

A museum to save a tradition

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A square as the heart of the city

The Baroque town by the sea

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A triumph of colour

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A long reconstruction

Feast days

Two illustrious patron saints

Feasting in Palazzolo

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

A symbol for the town

The city of museums

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

A feast only for Scicli

Between white and black

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A prominent church

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

A majestic and luminous church

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A colourful floor

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

The Staircase of Angels

An eagle-shaped city

Norman apses

From International Gothic to present day

The internal colours

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

Searching for colour

The two churches

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

New roads for Catania

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The chocolate of Modica

The disastrous earthquake

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The wall comes to life

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

St. Sebastian, so much work!

One city, two sites

Some masterpieces

A half-Baroque church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

A city in colour

A miniature city

Prominent façade

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Connections with other UNESCO sites

One city, three sites

Some prestigious works

The Maiolica of the staircase

The church of Carmine

A talking palace

Many owners, one palace

Discovering the mother church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The theatre of taste

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new site for a new city

Wonderful quick decorations

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A new site for a new church

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A small room with a golden entrance