Militello in Val di Catania

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

hearing
Sound on

The feast for the Holy Saviour of Militello involves its citizens and also attracts inhabitants from nearby villages and tourists: everyone is invited!
During the celebrations the most diverse sounds can be heard: cannon shots announcing the approaching feast; bells ringing to alert citizens of the beginning of the festivities; voices of the participants, the local band, and the prayers of the processions.
It’s impossible not to feel involved in the festivities, with each sound reminiscent of a precise moment.

sight
And then comes red…

The church interior looks like a white canvas with strokes of colour from the frescoes and stucco decorations that create plays of light and shadow.
The delicate white walls were combined with a white and grey chequered floor, with a geometric design formed of straight lines in an excellent contrast with the walls.
These delicate tones are enlivened during the feast of the Holy Saviour; long red drapes decorate the nave and the interior is transformed by colour!

smell
The memory of smell

The smell of the candle offered by the mayor and the scent of the flowers that adorn the streets are unmistakable, inevitable parts of the feast of the Holy Saviour.
These smells remain imprinted in the memory of young and old people alike, and whenever you catch a hint of them, they bring to mind moments of celebration and joy.

taste
Quince paste for the Holy Saviour

The feast of the Santissimo Salvatore (Holy Saviour) is also an opportunity to eat some typical sweets such as cognata (quince paste).
The recipe is very simple and requires only three ingredients: quince, sugar and lemon.
The ingredients are cooked using the same process as jam and placed in moulds for the mixture to solidify into a gelatinous consistency.
Special moulds in the shape of a globe with a cross on top are used for the feast of the Holy Saviour. La cotognata

A hall for the feasts

Prominent façade

The disastrous earthquake

A square as the heart of the city

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The two churches

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Feast days

Norman apses

The internal colours

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A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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A city in colour

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Between white and black

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

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A half-Baroque church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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An eagle-shaped city

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A majestic and luminous church

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A small room with a golden entrance

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The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

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

Wonderful quick decorations

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A long reconstruction

The Burgos crucifix

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The wall comes to life

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Searching for colour

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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A triumph of colour

The church of Carmine

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Some masterpieces

A miniature city

Two illustrious patron saints

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

From International Gothic to present day

The Staircase of Angels

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A new site for a new city

A feast only for Scicli

Limestone, the colour of harmony

One city, three sites

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

The colours of the cathedral

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Some prestigious works

A talking palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Baroque town by the sea

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The interior and its masterpieces

A colourful floor

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A museum to save a tradition

The theatre of taste