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.

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

Some prestigious works

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

From International Gothic to present day

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

A miniature city

The Burgos crucifix

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

A long reconstruction

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Between white and black

One city, two sites

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

The interior and its masterpieces

A talking palace

A museum to save a tradition

Prominent façade

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

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A symbol for the town

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A new site for a new city

Feasting in Palazzolo

The city of museums

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The disastrous earthquake

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Feast days

The internal colours

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The wall comes to life

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Baroque town by the sea

New roads for Catania

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The church of Carmine

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Staircase of Angels

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A hall for the feasts

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A half-Baroque church

A square as the heart of the city

Norman apses

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Wonderful quick decorations

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Many owners, one palace

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

A prominent church

A city in colour

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A majestic and luminous church

A new site for a new church

A small room with a golden entrance

Discovering the mother church

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Maiolica of the staircase

The colours of the cathedral

The two churches

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

A feast only for Scicli

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

One city, three sites

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The theatre of taste

The chocolate of Modica

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Searching for colour

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A triumph of colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A colourful floor

An eagle-shaped city

Some masterpieces

Two illustrious patron saints

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento