Scicli

The Palazzo dei due mori

Described as the most beautiful Baroque palace in Sicily, the Palazzo dei Due Mori dates back to the 18th century, after it was rebuilt on the slopes of the San Matteo hill following the earthquake of 1693. The building’s entire external surface is characterised by a soft colour that contrasts with the dark wrought iron railings of the scenic balconies.
These predominant elements give the building a light and elegant appearance.

The base of the building, placed on a slope with respect to the two streets that flank it, is outlined by the stone base. All the decorative elements of the façade such as the pilaster strips, window frames and iconic balconies, are also made of stone.

One element that made this building famous are the corbels that support the swollen balconies with wrought iron railings. In fact, the balconies depict animal and anthropomorphic figures that tell the story of the raids of the Saracens and Mediterranean pirates.

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Their fierce expressions, suffering and alive, convey the experience of those moments to the observer. Another fundamental element in this palace is without a doubt the angle of the building, which features the coat of arms of the Beneventano family.
Decorated with two Moor heads, it has become one of the symbols of Scicli.

The interior of the church: space and colour

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

City and nature

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The Palazzo dei due mori

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

A stone garden

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

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Art in the cathedral

The interior and works of art

Religious architecture

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

One city, three sites

A heritage of votive works

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The church and the college

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

The art of maiolica

The palace, the town, the church

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

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

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

St. Agatha and the candelore

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

Luminous sacred spaces

The works in the church

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

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

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The Franciscan convent

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Benedictines’ library

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The two churches

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Church of Madonna della Stella

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

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The new roads of the city

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

The eagle-shaped city

The Staircase of Angels

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The city palace

The expansion of space and changing reality

The Church of St. Francis

The articulated interior spaces

A casket of precious works

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

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

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The church and the monastery

The Church of St. Benedict

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

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

A story of rebirth

The city within the city

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

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The Church of St. Paul

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico