The representative elements of the Church of San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata

One of the elements that characterises the majestic church of San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata is the dome, crowned by glazed terracotta spheres and divided into eight sections that house large windows.
The dome was left unfinished due to a tragic collapse in 1702 during works to complete it.
In fact, it does not have a segmental dome, i.e. the hemisphere that makes up the dome, or a skylight, the element used to let light into the dome. Another element of great value is the bell tower built in 1852 by Caltagirone architect Salvatore Marino, which stands slenderly next to the dome.
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Its shape and finishes were designed to match the ornamental richness of the façade. In addition, a cusp was designed, a pointed ornamental structure in turn surmounted by a tall steeple, an architectural element with an elongated, thin profile that, together with the cusp creates the illusion of the bell tower extending further up to the sky.
The bell tower is so elegant that it inspired the architect Ugo Tarchi who, in 1954, designed the bell tower of the Cathedral of San Giuliano nearby the church of San Francesco D’Assisi.
There are some very valuable objects inside the church. These include numerous paintings by the Vaccaro brothers, a silver-covered wooden statue from 1677 depicting St. Anthony, and a large maiolica panel by Antonio Ragona, depicting the nativity with St. Francis.

The Church of St. Francis

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Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

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Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

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

The interior and works of art

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The palace, the town, the church

The Staircase of Angels

The art of maiolica

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The works in the church

One city, three sites

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Luminous sacred spaces

St. Agatha and the candelore

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

City and nature

The Benedictines’ library

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

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The Palazzo dei due mori

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The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

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A new site for the church of San Giorgio

A casket of precious works

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

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

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

The city palace

The Church of St. Benedict

The two churches

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

A story of rebirth

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A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

A heritage of votive works

The church and the monastery

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

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

The eagle-shaped city

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

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

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The expansion of space and changing reality

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The articulated interior spaces

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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The new roads of the city

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

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

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A stone garden

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

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

The Church of St. Paul

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

Art in the cathedral

The Franciscan convent

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The interior of the church: space and colour

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Religious architecture

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

The city within the city

The church and the college