Catania

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

sight
Brightness and light

Colour, light and more colour!
The vault is a riot of colour, capable of making the figures and shapes stand out, and leaving visitors gazing upwards.
As for the altar, it attracts attention thanks to the brilliance and shine of gold, silver and the precious sparkling stones used to decorate it.
The church is a treasure trove of precious jewels.

hearing
A sound to accompany prayer

It’s 1790 and you’re inside the church of St. Benedict, attending one of the services… You can hear something… what is it?
The organ!
With a sound alternating between gentle and low, it accompanies prayer as impressed worshippers celebrate Holy Mass.
Then the bells announce the end of the service.
Their chimes vibrate in the atmosphere and resonate along Via dei Crociferi.

Some prestigious works

The interior and its masterpieces

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A square as the heart of the city

A triumph of colour

The chocolate of Modica

A new site for a new city

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

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From International Gothic to present day

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The church of Carmine

An eagle-shaped city

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The city of museums

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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Prominent façade

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A majestic and luminous church

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The two churches

Two illustrious patron saints

A talking palace

A small room with a golden entrance

A feast only for Scicli

A miniature city

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Norman apses

A museum to save a tradition

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Between white and black

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The Burgos crucifix

The theatre of taste

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

Some masterpieces

The internal colours

The wall comes to life

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A new site for a new church

Searching for colour

The colours of the cathedral

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

One city, two sites

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A long reconstruction

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The Staircase of Angels

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Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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One city, three sites

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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Feasting in Palazzolo

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Many owners, one palace

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A colourful floor

A symbol for the town

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

The disastrous earthquake

A prominent church

The Baroque town by the sea

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The Maiolica of the staircase

Discovering the mother church

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A half-Baroque church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Feast days

Wonderful quick decorations

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A hall for the feasts

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A city in colour

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

New roads for Catania

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto