The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The façade with a play on colour

foto bicromiaOf all the wonders of Piazza Duomo, the cathedral certainly does not go unnoticed.
Thanks to a play on colour between the white limestone and grey lava stone, the façade figures prominently in the square.
The two colours alternate with one another to create a perfect harmony that adds liveliness to the façade.
The colours are not always the same; at different times of the day they shine differently depending on the light.

Coarse to smooth, hot to cold

Look but don’t touch! How many times have you heard this said in museums or churches?
But if you could touch each material that made up the church you would notice how different they are; starting with the pillars that separate the central nave from the lateral naves, the former in lava stone and the latter in white limestone.
On a hot summer day, the outside walls will be much warmer than those inside, which will be undoubtedly cold.

Music in the Cathedral

foto dell'organo l'interno della cattedraleThe church has an unbreakable bond with music.
The cathedral of St. Agatha is not only home to a magnificent organ, now located above the entrance, but the tomb of the musician Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835).
Though he died very young, he was recognised as one of the greatest composers of his time.
The artist’s tomb was created in 1876 by Giovanni Battista Tassara and is located next to one of the pillars of the right nave.
Bellini was initially buried in Paris at the Père Lachaise Cemetery.

A dessert for a saint

During the feast dedicated to St. Agatha, the “Minne di Sant’Agata”, a dessert made in her honour, are another must.
The shape is unambiguously reminiscent of a woman’s breast, in memory of the terrible martyrdom suffered by the saint.
The dessert consists of a shortcrust pastry shell covered with white icing with a candied cherry on top; the filling is made with sweetened sheep’s milk ricotta, candied fruit and dark chocolate. Yum! Not to be missed if you happen to be in Catania during the feast. foto dei dolci delle minne di Sant'Agata

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new site for a new city

One city, two sites

The internal colours

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A talking palace

The theatre of taste

Discovering the mother church

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A colourful floor

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A city in colour

The interior and its masterpieces

Some masterpieces

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A symbol for the town

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

New roads for Catania

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

A half-Baroque church

Feast days

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The church of Carmine

From International Gothic to present day

Prominent façade

An eagle-shaped city

The wall comes to life

The Baroque town by the sea

Two illustrious patron saints

The Staircase of Angels

Searching for colour

The colours of the cathedral

The Burgos crucifix

Wonderful quick decorations

A miniature city

The two churches

A long reconstruction

The disastrous earthquake

Between white and black

Feasting in Palazzolo

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

A prominent church

One city, three sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A triumph of colour

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

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Some prestigious works

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A hall for the feasts

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A new site for a new church

A majestic and luminous church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Norman apses

The chocolate of Modica

The city of museums

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A small room with a golden entrance

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A feast only for Scicli

The character of Badia Sant’Agata