Catania

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

sight
Panoramic views to contemplate beauty

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey) offers many panoramic viewpoints for contemplating the beauty of the entire historic centre. It’s certainly worth taking the long staircase that leads to the upper terraces and the walkway that surrounds the dome.
From here you can admire the entire city: the Bellini Theatre, the Cathedral, the Ursino Castle, the churches of Via Crociferi and all the artistic marvels that the city of Catania has to offer.
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smell
The scent of wax

The smell of wax is one of the most characteristic scents within the church and in the streets of Catania during the celebrations of the patron saint.
Votive candles are still produced today in Catania’s artisanal workshops using techniques and raw materials steeped in ancient knowledge.
There were originally two types of candles: those made with beeswax, which were more refined and expensive, and those made with animal fat, which were far cheaper but gave off an unpleasant smell and smoke.

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Art in the cathedral

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The interior of the church: space and colour

Luminous sacred spaces

The eagle-shaped city

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The Church of St. Paul

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The casket of austerity under the great dome

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

A stone garden

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The city within the city

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

A casket of precious works

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

The church and the monastery

Reconstruction after the earthquake

A heritage of votive works

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The Franciscan convent

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The Church of St. Benedict

The new roads of the city

The Benedictines’ library

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Religious architecture

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The church and the college

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

The Palazzo dei due mori

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The two churches

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The Church of St. Francis

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The Staircase of Angels

The works in the church

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

The palace, the town, the church

A story of rebirth

The expansion of space and changing reality

The city palace

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

St. Agatha and the candelore

The art of maiolica

The articulated interior spaces

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

One city, three sites

City and nature

The interior and works of art

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

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout