Palazzolo Acreide

The two churches

The two main churches of Palazzolo Acreide, the Church of San Paolo (St. Paul) and the Church of San Sebastiano (St. Sebastian),are excellent examples of the particular late Baroque style.
They stand amidst the dense fabric of houses and palaces, taking on particular significance within the town.

Each with their own style, they form a scenic curtain.
Their strong presence not only defines the square, but the entire district that shares the name of the churches.
These sacred buildings have great value for their architectural features and the complexity of their decoration and sculptures.
They also evoke the wealth and power of the local confraternities, who were key players in much of the reconstruction of sacred buildings following the great earthquake of 1693 that struck the entire Val di Noto.
In Palazzolo Acreide, highly popular religious festivals take place from June to October and are dedicated to the city’s patron saints.
The feast of St. Paul the Apostle (29th June) has very ancient origins, is internationally celebrated and attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists every year.


The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The palace, the town, the church

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The Church of St. Paul

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The new roads of the city

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

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

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

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Luminous sacred spaces

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

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

The two churches

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

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

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The art of maiolica

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

City and nature

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The articulated interior spaces

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

A stone garden

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

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

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The eagle-shaped city

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The city palace

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The Palazzo dei due mori

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Art in the cathedral

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

A unifying project for the city of Catania

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

St. Agatha and the candelore

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

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

A casket of precious works

The church and the monastery

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

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

The interior of the church: space and colour

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The city within the city

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

The expansion of space and changing reality

The casket of austerity under the great dome

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

One city, three sites

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

A heritage of votive works

The Franciscan convent

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The interior and works of art

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The Benedictines’ library

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The Staircase of Angels

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

The Church of St. Benedict

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

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

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

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Church of St. Francis

A story of rebirth

The works in the church

Religious architecture

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The church and the college