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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New roads for Catania

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

A long reconstruction

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Feast days

The internal colours

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A colourful floor

One city, three sites

A majestic and luminous church

Two illustrious patron saints

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

Wonderful quick decorations

A miniature city

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A small room with a golden entrance

A feast only for Scicli

A symbol for the town

From International Gothic to present day

A museum to save a tradition

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Between white and black

Searching for colour

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The theatre of taste

The two churches

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A talking palace

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

The disastrous earthquake

A new site for a new church

Many owners, one palace

One city, two sites

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A city in colour

A triumph of colour

Some masterpieces

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A hall for the feasts

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A square as the heart of the city

The interior and its masterpieces

Discovering the mother church

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Prominent façade

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

The colours of the cathedral

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

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

Norman apses

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A half-Baroque church

A prominent church

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The chocolate of Modica

A new site for a new city

Some prestigious works

The Baroque town by the sea

An eagle-shaped city

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Staircase of Angels

The church of Carmine

The wall comes to life

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Burgos crucifix

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)