Catania

The internal colours

The church has a Greek cross plan. As you enter, you move from a small room to a large circular space where white is used extensively and gives the room an almost blinding brightness.
The gleam of white is joined by the yellow Castronovo marble altars, located in four large niches , where four wonderful statues stand.
foto ingresso verso altare maggioreThese were created by Giovanni Battista Marino in marble stucco . As per traditional Baroque sculpture, the clothing of the four characters moves and seems caught in a continuous breeze.
The statues depict St. Euplius, St. Benedict, St. Joseph and the Child, and the Immaculate Conception. Ignazio Carnazza’s work, the Crocefissione (Crucifixion), is another clear example of Baroque art.
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In fact, the use of colour is a typical element from the period.
The wooden crucifix rests on a yellow marble background from which a red marble cloth descends. Though made of a hard material, the cloth seems soft. Red was not chosen by chance; the first stone given by God to humans to build the new Jerusalem was in fact red.
The work was commissioned by the abbess Giuseppa Maria Scammacca. The flooring completes the interior. The splendid floor was created by Ignazio Marino’s workshop using one of his designs. Black and white marble covers the entire surface with an abstract design that points towards the centre of the church.
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A new site for a new city

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A miniature city

One city, three sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A half-Baroque church

The chocolate of Modica

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A museum to save a tradition

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

Prominent façade

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

The Staircase of Angels

Some masterpieces

Between white and black

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The disastrous earthquake

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

Norman apses

A symbol for the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A square as the heart of the city

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A triumph of colour

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The city of museums

A colourful floor

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Discovering the mother church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The interior and its masterpieces

A Nobel Prize in Modica

New roads for Catania

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A majestic and luminous church

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Wonderful quick decorations

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A hall for the feasts

A long reconstruction

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

The Baroque town by the sea

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The internal colours

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Many owners, one palace

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

An eagle-shaped city

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The theatre of taste

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A talking palace

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The two churches

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The Maiolica of the staircase

Feasting in Palazzolo

A small room with a golden entrance

The wall comes to life

A prominent church

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

Feast days

A city in colour

Some prestigious works

A feast only for Scicli

A new site for a new church

The Burgos crucifix

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

From International Gothic to present day

One city, two sites

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Searching for colour

The church of Carmine