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The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

sight
Infinite lights and colours

How wonderful!
The light and colours inside the church of San Sebastiano leave everyone breathless!
The crystal chandeliers shine and the surfaces around them reflect and light up in turn.
The marble columns shine and the blue, green and yellow stained glass windows filter warm rays of sunshine.
Full of colour, the church interior is tinged with black and white from the floor, accompanied by the yellow and light grey of the columns, and the white and gold of the walls. navata laterale lampadari accesi

hearing
21 cannon shots

The feast of San Sebastiano is an important moment for all worshippers and the whole country. Citizens gather together to honour the patron saint.
Every year on 10th August at 8:15 am, twenty-one cannon shots precede the departure of the bread cart, accompanied by music, for the traditional collection of “cuddure” (ring-shaped biscuits), offered to St. Sebastian.
Loud noises, firecrackers, music, voices and shouting can be heard early in the morning.

A triumph of colour

The interior and its masterpieces

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

A hall for the feasts

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A colourful floor

The colours of the cathedral

A talking palace

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The Maiolica of the staircase

An eagle-shaped city

The church of Carmine

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The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The chocolate of Modica

A square as the heart of the city

A new site for a new church

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Between white and black

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A long reconstruction

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The theatre of taste

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

Many owners, one palace

Feasting in Palazzolo

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

A half-Baroque church

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Staircase of Angels

A majestic and luminous church

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

The Burgos crucifix

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

Some prestigious works

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The disastrous earthquake

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Two illustrious patron saints

Wonderful quick decorations

Discovering the mother church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A small room with a golden entrance

Prominent façade

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

One city, three sites

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

From International Gothic to present day

The city of museums

The internal colours

A museum to save a tradition

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A miniature city

A prominent church

A feast only for Scicli

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

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A city in colour

The Baroque town by the sea

A symbol for the town

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The wall comes to life

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A new site for a new city

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The two churches

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

Feast days

One city, two sites

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Norman apses

New roads for Catania

Searching for colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Modica, a city with ancient origins