Modica

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

hearing
A small monumental organ

Organo santa maria del carmeloSongs and notes accompany the celebrations as they did centuries ago.
The organ is made of wood, small in size, and placed above the entrance. Made in the second half of the 18th century, it is one of the few still working.
The music of those who still know how to play the instrument enchants and accompanies the worshippers as they experience the moment of prayer more intensely, just like in the past.

touch
Watch what you paint on

Different materials, different techniques!
In order to paint on a canvas, panel or wall, an artist must master every technique. Painting on canvas means using a soft media with a fairly smooth surface.
Panels, like the one of St. Albert, are hard, made of wood and very irregular, and can have higher and lower sections. Finally, in order to fresco a wall, an artist must lay out an even base to achieve a smooth surface on which to place the colour.
For any painting to be successful, an artist must, therefore, have excellent knowledge of the technique and materials.

sight
A beautiful rose window

The church of Carmine is an example of medieval architecture where the central rose window is still intact.
The only one of its kind, it has a very unusual decoration.
Instead of the usual floral elements, the stonemason created mini-columns surmounted by small capitals, each one different from the other and ready to converge in the centre.
It is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship that demonstrates the skill of its unknown artist.

A half-Baroque church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A small room with a golden entrance

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Staircase of Angels

The façade used as a puppet theatre

One city, two sites

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Prominent façade

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Some masterpieces

The two churches

The disastrous earthquake

Many owners, one palace

The Burgos crucifix

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The internal colours

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

Discovering the mother church

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

The interior and its masterpieces

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A new site for a new city

The Baroque town by the sea

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Modica, a city with ancient origins

One city, three sites

A majestic and luminous church

The church of Carmine

A symbol for the town

Wonderful quick decorations

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Two illustrious patron saints

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The colours of the cathedral

A miniature city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Between white and black

A new site for a new church

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A triumph of colour

Norman apses

Some prestigious works

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A colourful floor

A long reconstruction

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A prominent church

Searching for colour

An eagle-shaped city

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The wall comes to life

A museum to save a tradition

A Nobel Prize in Modica

From International Gothic to present day

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Feast days

The city of museums

New roads for Catania

A feast only for Scicli

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

A talking palace

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A city in colour

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

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

The theatre of taste

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

A hall for the feasts

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Feasting in Palazzolo

The chocolate of Modica