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

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Different materials for different temperatures

A church decorated with infinite materials that make it wonderful and precious.
If we could touch the walls and decorations of the church, we would realise how much the temperature of one material can vary compared to another: the glass windows are very cold in winter, but much warmer in summer when heated by the sun; the blue, plaster decorations are much warmer than the marble columns of the aedicula where the statue of the saint is kept; and the saint, made of wood, is warmer than all those materials.

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The church with a blue interior

The church of San Giovanni Evangelista (St. John the Evangelist) features a splendid decoration with blue and gold stuccoes from a renovation in the mid-19th century.
The artist is one Giuseppe Sesta, as can be read from an inscription at the entrance which also bears the date 1861.
The blue of the decoration is like a ribbon that runs around and ties together the church walls, lit up from time to time by the golden stuccoes.
tela crocifisso di Burgos

The Maiolica of the staircase

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The two churches

The Baroque town by the sea

A museum to save a tradition

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Some prestigious works

A small room with a golden entrance

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The façade used as a puppet theatre

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A prominent church

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The chocolate of Modica

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Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The theatre of taste

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

One city, two sites

Wonderful quick decorations

A half-Baroque church

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A new site for a new church

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

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

From International Gothic to present day

A city in colour

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The interior and its masterpieces

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A miniature city

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The Staircase of Angels

Many owners, one palace

Between white and black

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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One city, three sites

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

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Two illustrious patron saints

A symbol for the town

A long reconstruction

A talking palace

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

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A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A new site for a new city

A colourful floor

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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A hall for the feasts

Feast days

A square as the heart of the city

A majestic and luminous church

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The disastrous earthquake

Prominent façade

A triumph of colour

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

The Burgos crucifix

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Discovering the mother church

The internal colours

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The wall comes to life

New roads for Catania

An eagle-shaped city

Feasting in Palazzolo

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Norman apses

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Searching for colour

Some masterpieces

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A feast only for Scicli

The city of museums

The church of Carmine

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The colours of the cathedral