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 colourful floor

A feast only for Scicli

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Searching for colour

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

Two illustrious patron saints

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

The disastrous earthquake

Feast days

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A small room with a golden entrance

A museum to save a tradition

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A symbol for the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A triumph of colour

Many owners, one palace

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The Baroque town by the sea

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

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

The interior and its masterpieces

A half-Baroque church

Prominent façade

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Feasting in Palazzolo

A new site for a new city

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

The theatre of taste

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The colours of the cathedral

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Staircase of Angels

The wall comes to life

One city, two sites

One city, three sites

A hall for the feasts

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Norman apses

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

The internal colours

A talking palace

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

Some masterpieces

A majestic and luminous church

An eagle-shaped city

A city in colour

The two churches

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Discovering the mother church

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Wonderful quick decorations

A new site for a new church

Between white and black

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The chocolate of Modica

A miniature city

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

A long reconstruction

A prominent church

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

From International Gothic to present day

New roads for Catania

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Some prestigious works

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A square as the heart of the city

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Limestone, the colour of harmony