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 out from the other buildings in the town and hold particular significance.
Each with their own style, they form a theatrical setting that characterises the town space, so much so that their surrounding districts are named after them.
The great value of the two religious buildings is given by the interesting architectural features and the rich, elaborate decorations preserved inside. Both were rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake to demonstrate the wealth possessed by the local confraternities.
Religious feasts are very popular in Palazzolo Acreide! They take place from June to October and are dedicated to the town’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 same can be said of the feast in honour of St. Sebastian to whom almost the entire month of August is dedicated.

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

A prominent church

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

From International Gothic to present day

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Norman apses

A hall for the feasts

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A symbol for the town

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

A new site for a new church

Wonderful quick decorations

The disastrous earthquake

One city, three sites

A triumph of colour

Between white and black

A colourful floor

The internal colours

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The wall comes to life

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Some masterpieces

The interior and its masterpieces

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Some prestigious works

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

A long reconstruction

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Two illustrious patron saints

The city of museums

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A new site for a new city

A miniature city

New roads for Catania

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A city in colour

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The church of Carmine

A museum to save a tradition

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Feasting in Palazzolo

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A half-Baroque church

The two churches

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

An eagle-shaped city

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Baroque town by the sea

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A majestic and luminous church

Prominent façade

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

A small room with a golden entrance

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

The Burgos crucifix

A feast only for Scicli

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

One city, two sites

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Searching for colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The theatre of taste

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Staircase of Angels

A square as the heart of the city

Feast days

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A talking palace

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the story of the church of Santa Maria del Carmelo

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Limestone, the colour of harmony