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

hearing
Angelic song

On 24 June 1858 the church resounded with festivities.
The great organ was inaugurated, with more than three thousand pipes and a gigantic wooden cantoria (a structure built to house the choir). We can only imagine the sweet sound that accompanied that moment.
The organ still works today and can be found in the right chapel before the transept, while the cantoria was placed above the main portal.
For centuries, music and angelic songs have been an integral part of liturgical functions.
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touch
Pietra pece, a special stone

The dark, petroleum-infused pietra pece of the floor smells like petrol and leaves a coat of grease on your fingers like oil!
This unique rock is widely used because its particular composition can make a room resistant to humidity.

sight
Diversity makes everything more special

The two-tone interior makes the cathedral of San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist) wonderful. The white walls combined with the black floor enhances both elements and adds liveliness to the environment.
Once inside the church of St. John the Baptist, our sense of sight is also stimulated by the colourful altars that crowd the side naves.
Red, green, white, gold, and even the black of the balustrades stimulate the visitor’s eye.

The theatre of taste

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A museum to save a tradition

Prominent façade

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Baroque town by the sea

Searching for colour

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

One city, two sites

A symbol for the town

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A small room with a golden entrance

A talking palace

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

One city, three sites

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Between white and black

A hall for the feasts

The colours of the cathedral

The façade used as a puppet theatre

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Two illustrious patron saints

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A half-Baroque church

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

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The internal colours

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A new site for a new church

The wall comes to life

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The chocolate of Modica

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A prominent church

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The two churches

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Many owners, one palace

New roads for Catania

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The city of museums

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Feast days

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A new site for a new city

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The church of Carmine

The interior and its masterpieces

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

From International Gothic to present day

A miniature city

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A city in colour

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A colourful floor

Wonderful quick decorations

Some prestigious works

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The Staircase of Angels

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

Norman apses

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A square as the heart of the city

The disastrous earthquake

Some masterpieces

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

An eagle-shaped city

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A majestic and luminous church

A long reconstruction

A triumph of colour

A feast only for Scicli

Discovering the mother church

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

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