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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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

From International Gothic to present day

A feast only for Scicli

The Maiolica of the staircase

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A triumph of colour

Wonderful quick decorations

The colours of the cathedral

A colourful floor

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Two illustrious patron saints

The wall comes to life

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A majestic and luminous church

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A half-Baroque church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

A symbol for the town

A hall for the feasts

One city, two sites

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The disastrous earthquake

The chocolate of Modica

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A small room with a golden entrance

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

New roads for Catania

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

An eagle-shaped city

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Some prestigious works

The internal colours

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The city of museums

A museum to save a tradition

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Searching for colour

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Some masterpieces

Between white and black

A square as the heart of the city

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Feasting in Palazzolo

One city, three sites

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The theatre of taste

A miniature city

The two churches

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A talking palace

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

The Staircase of Angels

A city in colour

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

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Feast days

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The church of Carmine

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

Prominent façade

A prominent church

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A new site for a new church

Discovering the mother church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A long reconstruction

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

A new site for a new city

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

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

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Norman apses

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?