Catania

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

One of the most evocative rooms of the monastery is the kitchen.
foto cucina della portaLike the refectory, antirefectory, library and museum, the space dedicated to preparing food was designed by Giovan Battista Vaccarini and its construction began in 1739.
foto cucina dei benedettiniThe architect had to take into account the rules of monastic architecture, which meant separating the kitchen from the other rooms. This way, if there was a fire, it would not spread to the other rooms.
Similarly, the passageways leading to the refectory as well as being narrow were equipped with multiple barriers.
The kitchen underwent various changes over the years, but the structure has remained the same with the hearths in the centre, a huge brazier placed in an octagonal “chamber”.
The maiolica decorations that enrich the structure create splendid orange and blue squares with a white background of abstract motifs. The floor is just as surprising. Also made with colourful maiolica tiles, it extends across the whole room. However, the floor is not simple or uniform; it is divided into eight parts with two different alternating decorations.
The first is a white floor with fine blue, black and yellow geometric decorations that cover the smaller portions; the other is larger and more colourful, where yellow and green dominate the blue, orange and white decoration. foto Dettaglio maioliche

A square as the heart of the city

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A new site for a new church

A symbol for the town

The church of Carmine

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

An eagle-shaped city

A museum to save a tradition

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Wonderful quick decorations

The chocolate of Modica

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A half-Baroque church

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Norman apses

Between white and black

A small room with a golden entrance

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The theatre of taste

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The interior and its masterpieces

The city of museums

Some prestigious works

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

Two illustrious patron saints

From International Gothic to present day

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A colourful floor

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

The two churches

The Burgos crucifix

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A city in colour

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

New roads for Catania

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Staircase of Angels

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

One city, two sites

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

Discovering the mother church

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The colours of the cathedral

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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 entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The internal colours

A majestic and luminous church

A prominent church

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Searching for colour

A triumph of colour

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

A new site for a new city

The wall comes to life

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

The disastrous earthquake

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

A talking palace

A long reconstruction

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A miniature city

One city, three sites

A hall for the feasts

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Feast days

A feast only for Scicli

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom