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.

A hall for the feasts

A city in colour

The façade used as a puppet theatre

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

From International Gothic to present day

A miniature city

Norman apses

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Many owners, one palace

The two churches

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

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A feast only for Scicli

A prominent church

The Maiolica of the staircase

One city, three sites

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The internal colours

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Staircase of Angels

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

The colours of the cathedral

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The wall comes to life

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

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A new site for a new church

Some prestigious works

Two illustrious patron saints

Prominent façade

A small room with a golden entrance

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Feast days

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A symbol for the town

An eagle-shaped city

A square as the heart of the city

A talking palace

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A triumph of colour

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A long reconstruction

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

A colourful floor

One city, two sites

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Searching for colour

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A museum to save a tradition

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

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

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 the Annunciation

Between white and black

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

The chocolate of Modica

A majestic and luminous church

Some masterpieces

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

New roads for Catania

Wonderful quick decorations

Discovering the mother church

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A half-Baroque church

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new site for a new city

The disastrous earthquake

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Burgos crucifix

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The city of museums

The church of Carmine

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)