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The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

taste
A freshwater spring

Not far from the church of San Giuseppe (St. Joseph) is Porta Walter. It was built in medieval times and allowed people to leave the city and visit the lush green valley of Santa Domenica.
From here they would reach a spring where inhabitants rushed to quench their thirst and collect as much water as possible, especially on long, sweltering summer days!

sight
A question of perspective!

Depending on the time of day, the levels of the façade and its various elements create a unique and fascinating combination of light effects.
The plays of light and shadow change from hour to hour.
The endless chiaroscuro effects uncover and hide new details each time.

touch
Such rich materials!

The church brings out the diversity of the materials and the infinite possibilities for their use. As a matter of fact, the glass used in the large windows of the vault was also used to decorate the altars with a process that imitates marble.
Used for the worshippers’ seating, wood also proves to be an excellent material for beautiful wooden sculptures such as the Madonna near the altar.
madonna in legno altare

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Feast days

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A miniature city

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Between white and black

An eagle-shaped city

A half-Baroque church

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The colours of the cathedral

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The city of museums

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The Burgos crucifix

The chocolate of Modica

Wonderful quick decorations

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Prominent façade

A square as the heart of the city

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Feasting in Palazzolo

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

One city, three sites

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A hall for the feasts

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

A long reconstruction

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A city in colour

A symbol for the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

From International Gothic to present day

A feast only for Scicli

The Staircase of Angels

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Two illustrious patron saints

A talking palace

A colourful floor

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

Searching for colour

New roads for Catania

A museum to save a tradition

A prominent church

A new site for a new city

A triumph of colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

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

A small room with a golden entrance

Norman apses

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Many owners, one palace

One city, two sites

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The disastrous earthquake

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A majestic and luminous church

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 story of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The two churches

Some masterpieces

The interior and its masterpieces

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The wall comes to life

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

Some prestigious works

The internal colours

The theatre of taste

The Baroque town by the sea

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