The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The city, hit by the earthquake, was rebuilt in the same place, maintaining the previous urban plan and inserting beautiful new buildings in Baroque style.
The city of Caltagirone became an example of urban planning for the other cities affected by the earthquake of 1693. In particular, its plan was adopted in the reconstruction of Catania by the Duke of Camastra. The new buildings within the modern urban layout include the Monte delle Prestanze or Monte di Pietà in the square bordered by the Senatorial Palace, and opposite the church of San Giuliano (St. Julian).
monte prestanze prospetto frontale
dettaglio colonne ingressoBuilt at the start of the 18th century by architect Natale Bonaiuto, the building has a square plan. Its uniqueness manifests in the elevation.
In fact, it has a series of giant half columns on tall plinths, i.e. extending from the ground up to the upper floor, arranged in a tight pattern.
The absence of corbels and the thicker columns near the entrance are newer elements than the local tradition.
It was a symbol of great modernity and a very representative style for a building used as a civic bank.

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

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The interior of the church: space and colour

The palace, the town, the church

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

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

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The expansion of space and changing reality

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

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

St. Agatha and the candelore

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The Church of St. Paul

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The casket of austerity under the great dome

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

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

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The two churches

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The church and the college

City and nature

The church and the monastery

The articulated interior spaces

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

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

The Franciscan convent

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

A heritage of votive works

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The Staircase of Angels

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The works in the church

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

The art of maiolica

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

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

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The city palace

The city within the city

The Benedictines’ library

Altars, saints and sculptural works

A story of rebirth

A stone garden

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

The eagle-shaped city

The new roads of the city

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The Church of St. Benedict

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

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

The Palazzo dei due mori

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

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Religious architecture

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

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

A unifying project for the city of Catania

A casket of precious works

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The Church of St. Francis

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The interior and works of art

Luminous sacred spaces

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

Art in the cathedral

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

One city, three sites

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

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