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The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

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Cuddure: devotion and delight in honour of St. Paul

These large bread doughnuts come from the ancient peasant civilisation.
Their origin is linked to the harvest period which coincides with the feast of St. Paul. Cuddure are votive loaves decorated with snakes in relief.
They are blessed and sold in the pronaos of the church of San Paolo.
For centuries, on the third day of the feast, carts with bread decorated with ears of corn have paraded through the streets of the entire town.

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The throwing of the ‘nzareddi

During the celebrations for St. Paul, every 29th June, the patron saint’s statue is taken out of the church, announced by firecrackers and a cascade of colourful paper strips launched from the bell tower by cannons.
These paper strips are the ‘nzareddi. As they flutter through the air and fall to the ground in the square, they create wonderful, colourful scenographic effects.

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The works in the church

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

Reconstruction after the earthquake

A unifying project for the city of Catania

A heritage of votive works

The Staircase of Angels

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

City and nature

The Church of St. Benedict

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

Religious architecture

The city within the city

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The church and the college

The Church of St. Francis

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

The Church of Madonna della Stella

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The interior and works of art

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

The palace, the town, the church

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

The eagle-shaped city

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

A stone garden

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Art in the cathedral

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

The art of maiolica

Luminous sacred spaces

The two churches

One city, three sites

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

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

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

St. Agatha and the candelore

The Franciscan convent

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Palazzo dei due mori

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The articulated interior spaces

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The new roads of the city

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

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The church and the monastery

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

The Benedictines’ library

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The Church of St. Paul

The city palace

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A story of rebirth

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

A casket of precious works

The expansion of space and changing reality

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata