Militello in Val di Catania

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

The unveiling of the Madonna della Stella

statua della Madonna
On the eve of the Feast of the Madonna in Militello, which is celebrated on 8th September, one of the most exciting moments of the celebration takes place.
Before the statue is unveiled, and before the ritual celebrations, the crowd waits in muffled silence.
The statue is kept in a niche hidden by an iron sliding door that slowly opens to reveal the statue of the Madonna della Stella in all its shining beauty.

The precious liturgical vestments

In the church of Madonna della Stella there is a collection of ancient liturgical vestments, clothes worn by the priest during celebration of the services.
Some of the precious fabrics of the vestments were donated by rich lords who traded fabrics, some of which came from Egypt.
The fabrics, now disused, were remodelled by the cloistered nuns, who supported themselves with these sartorial works by making wonderful priestly clothes enriched with gold thread embroidery.

Quince paste

cotognataCotognata (quince paste) is a tasty typical sweet. It is made with quince, lemon and sugar and is cooked using the same process as jam.
Sometimes, on the occasion of certain festivities, these sweets are created with moulds and shapes, such as the patron saint or the coats of arms.
This culinary experience links votive tradition with flavour.

The Polizzi brothers’organ

organoThe magnificent pipe organ that rises from the chancel above the large entrance portal was built between 1925 and 1928 by the brothers Michele and Agostino Polizzi of Modica, who sought to bring back Baroque melodies to the restored church.
In fact, the sound of this scenographic instrument takes inspiration from some typical Serassian sounds, i.e. a range of 19th-century organ sounds, composed by the famous dynasty of organ masters, the Serassi family.

Reconstruction after the earthquake

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The works in the church

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The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

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

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The palace, the town, the church

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The casket of austerity under the great dome

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Staircase of Angels

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The Church of St. Francis

Art in the cathedral

The eagle-shaped city

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The expansion of space and changing reality

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The Church of St. Paul

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

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

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

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The articulated interior spaces

The church and the college

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

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The Palazzo dei due mori

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

A story of rebirth

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

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

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

A stone garden

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

St. Agatha and the candelore

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The Benedictines’ library

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The new roads of the city

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

Religious architecture

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The city within the city

The church and the monastery

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

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The two churches

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

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

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

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

A heritage of votive works

City and nature

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Church of St. Benedict

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The Church of Madonna della Stella

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

The interior and works of art

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

A casket of precious works

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The city palace

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The art of maiolica

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The Franciscan convent

One city, three sites

Luminous sacred spaces

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