Palazzolo Acreide

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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Many materials

Wood, white marble, colourful marble, canvas and gold are some of the materials used to compose the church’s works, each with different characteristics.
The smooth marble of the main altar contrasts with the irregular surface of the Solomonic columns of the rough and porous façade.
The hardness of the panel is completely different to the softness of the Tanasi’s Annunciation painting-artists must always take into account the type of material they are going to paint on or sculpt.

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The colours of the church

So many colours for one church!
The white stone of the façade shines as soon as a ray of sunshine hits it.
Inside, the floor has a hypnotic effect thanks to its decoration based on the contrast between the white and dark grey stone slabs.
The main altar, where the artist created a valuable piece of work, is a genuine triumph of colour thanks to the skilful combination of blue, red, yellow and white.

New roads for Catania

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A majestic and luminous church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The chocolate of Modica

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A feast only for Scicli

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The internal colours

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

An eagle-shaped city

Feast days

A triumph of colour

Two illustrious patron saints

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A long reconstruction

A colourful floor

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

A new site for a new church

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The colours of the cathedral

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The city of museums

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A city in colour

A museum to save a tradition

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Baroque town by the sea

The wall comes to life

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A small room with a golden entrance

The disastrous earthquake

The Burgos crucifix

The Staircase of Angels

Wonderful quick decorations

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

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

Some masterpieces

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

From International Gothic to present day

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

One city, three sites

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

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The two churches

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The interior and its masterpieces

A miniature city

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Searching for colour

A prominent church

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

A square as the heart of the city

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A symbol for the town

Between white and black

Norman apses

A hall for the feasts

A half-Baroque church

The church of Carmine

The theatre of taste

Prominent façade

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

One city, two sites

A talking palace

Some prestigious works

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Maiolica of the staircase