Catania

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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The illusion of marble: marble stucco

Marble stucco is an ancient technique that tends to imitate marble and is far cheaper.
The finish of this type of stucco can be of such high quality that it is indistinguishable from natural marble.

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The illusion of movement

The interior of the church creates a continuously moving illusory effect thanks to some of its characteristic elements: the lateral arcades, the vault and the apse arcade seems to bring the gaze towards the altar.
With its countless stuccoes and frescoes, the vault creates the sensation of participating in a whirling motion where art and architecture interact.
Nothing seems motionless in this space and there is a continuous tension throughout.

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

One city, three sites

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

A story of rebirth

The church and the college

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

City and nature

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

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The works in the church

The articulated interior spaces

The Palazzo dei due mori

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

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

The Church of St. Paul

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

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

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

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

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The interior and works of art

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Church of St. Francis

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

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

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The expansion of space and changing reality

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A stone garden

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

The Church of St. Benedict

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Art in the cathedral

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

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The art of maiolica

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

A casket of precious works

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

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

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The Benedictines’ library

A heritage of votive works

The city palace

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

A unifying project for the city of Catania

St. Agatha and the candelore

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

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

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

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The church and the monastery

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The new roads of the city

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

Luminous sacred spaces

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

The eagle-shaped city

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The Staircase of Angels

The Franciscan convent

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

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

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The palace, the town, the church

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

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The two churches

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The city within the city

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Religious architecture