The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The Benedictine Monastery is located on the hill of Montevergine and is one of the city’s largest complexes. Today it is still considered the second largest monastic complex in Europe.
A very long history marked by the passage of time (a testimony of which are the remains of the Roman domus, or house, with the remains of a mosaic floor), civilisations and natural disasters that have made it one of the most resilient and richest cultural sites on the entire island.
It was founded by the monks of Cassino in the 16th century, when the western cloister was constructed, with the large Carrara marble quatrefoil fountain completed in 1608, as well as most of the rooms used for monastery life including the kitchens, the basement cellars, the monks’ cells over two floors, the refectory and the parlour.
With the eruption of 1669, the monastery was hit by magma that surrounded the building’s walls and reached the first-storey windows. Traces of the lava flow are still visible along the retaining walls, which were built especially to divert it. In 1693 it was hit by the great earthquake and suffered serious damage.
The new monastery design included the construction of four large courtyards that would make it the largest in the world, but only two were completed, extending it by around 1450 square metres.
portale ingresso
The decision to increase the spaces allowed for the construction of the cloister of Levante where the eclectic and elegant Caffeaos was inserted.
The two external elevations, south and east, are late Baroque, marked by giant pilasters with diamond rustication and crowned with Corinthian capitals . There are windows and balconies adorned with a series of volutes, flowers, masks and nymphs.
Among these is the austere neoclassical portal of the main entrance, a late 18th-century modification.


A casket of precious works

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The art of maiolica

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

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

The Benedictines’ library

A heritage of votive works

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Art in the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The articulated interior spaces

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Franciscan convent

The two churches

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The expansion of space and changing reality

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The works in the church

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Church of St. Paul

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

The Church of St. Francis

The city palace

The city within the city

City and nature

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

A stone garden

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

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

The church and the monastery

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

St. Agatha and the candelore

The interior and works of art

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The church and the college

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The palace, the town, the church

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

A unifying project for the city of Catania

One city, three sites

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The Church of St. Benedict

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The Staircase of Angels

A story of rebirth

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

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

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The new roads of the city

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The Palazzo dei due mori

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

Religious architecture

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

The eagle-shaped city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Luminous sacred spaces

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

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors