Catania

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

sight
A hypnotic floor

With a splendid geometric design of curved and broken lines pointing towards the centre, the floor of the church of San Giuliano (St. Julian) mesmerises all who look upon it.
The effect is amplified by the contrast between the colours of the floor.
The red stone alternating with white marble with light grey veins is enough to make your head spin.

hearing
The singing of the Benedictines

On the Feast of St. Agatha, the saint’s statue is carried around the city streets in procession.
The long route takes us in front of the church of San Giuliano (St. Julian), where the devout Benedictine nuns, hidden behind the grilles, hear prayers, honour the Saint and take part in one of the most important celebrations.

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The internal colours

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

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Prominent façade

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Two illustrious patron saints

The Staircase of Angels

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The Maiolica of the staircase

A colourful floor

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Many owners, one palace

A miniature city

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The Burgos crucifix

One city, three sites

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The wall comes to life

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A long reconstruction

A triumph of colour

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Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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Between white and black

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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Norman apses

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A hall for the feasts

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The façade used as a puppet theatre

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Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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The two churches

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