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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.

A talking palace

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Norman apses

One city, two sites

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The chocolate of Modica

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Wonderful quick decorations

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Searching for colour

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

A small room with a golden entrance

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The theatre of taste

An eagle-shaped city

A feast only for Scicli

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

A triumph of colour

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

A miniature city

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Many owners, one palace

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The wall comes to life

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The two churches

A majestic and luminous church

Feasting in Palazzolo

A square as the heart of the city

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A symbol for the town

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The church of Carmine

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The city of museums

Prominent façade

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The Burgos crucifix

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The internal colours

A new site for a new city

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

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Between white and black

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

Discovering the mother church

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The interior and its masterpieces

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The colours of the cathedral

A city in colour

Some prestigious works

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

A museum to save a tradition

Two illustrious patron saints

A new site for a new church

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

One city, three sites

Feast days

A hall for the feasts

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

A long reconstruction

The Staircase of Angels

From International Gothic to present day

A half-Baroque church

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

New roads for Catania

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A prominent church

The Maiolica of the staircase

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The disastrous earthquake

Some masterpieces

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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