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The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento (Most Blessed Sacrament), to the right of the main apse is marvellous, a veritable triumph of colours and materials. Colourful elements welcome worshippers at the entrance and form the basis of the entire chapel’s decoration.

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La cappella del Santissimo Sacramento

The polychrome polychrome altar immediately attracts the attention of passers-by. Red, green, white and gold are featured in the aedicula , where the painting of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was placed in the 19th century.
The wall decorations, the stuccoes , the gold and the blue background embellish the interior of the chapel and transport worshippers to a supernatural dimension.

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Using relief, the chapel recounts some of the most important moments in Christ’s life such as the Supper at Emmaus, carved in marble and inserted in the lower part of the altar in a medallion, and other stucco depictions placed at the sides of the altar.
These show the Offering of Melchizedek, a very important figure in the Old Testament who offers bread and wine to God in the name of Abraham, and the Last Supper in imitation of the famous fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, now kept in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

An eagle-shaped city

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A hall for the feasts

A feast only for Scicli

A small room with a golden entrance

The Burgos crucifix

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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The two churches

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A city in colour

Prominent façade

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A long reconstruction

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A square as the heart of the city

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The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

One city, three sites

A majestic and luminous church

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

Between white and black

Many owners, one palace

A symbol for the town

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A colourful floor

The colours of the cathedral

New roads for Catania

Searching for colour

The Staircase of Angels

From International Gothic to present day

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A talking palace

Two illustrious patron saints

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The disastrous earthquake

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

One city, two sites

The church of Carmine

The Maiolica of the staircase

Some prestigious works

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The internal colours

A prominent church

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A miniature city

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Feast days

A new site for a new church

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Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The Baroque town by the sea

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Discovering the mother church

The interior and its masterpieces

A triumph of colour

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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The wall comes to life

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A museum to save a tradition

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The chocolate of Modica

The city of museums

Norman apses

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A half-Baroque church

The theatre of taste

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

Some masterpieces

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

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Wonderful quick decorations

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento