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 kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Burgos crucifix

A colourful floor

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

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Many owners, one palace

The two churches

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A city in colour

A triumph of colour

A hall for the feasts

The internal colours

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

From International Gothic to present day

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Prominent façade

A miniature city

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Norman apses

New roads for Catania

One city, two sites

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Two illustrious patron saints

A talking palace

Searching for colour

A small room with a golden entrance

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

An eagle-shaped city

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

A prominent church

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A majestic and luminous church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The theatre of taste

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

The church of Carmine

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Feast days

A half-Baroque church

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Feasting in Palazzolo

Wonderful quick decorations

A feast only for Scicli

A square as the heart of the city

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

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The wall comes to life

A museum to save a tradition

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

A long reconstruction

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

The interior and its masterpieces

Some prestigious works

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A new site for a new church

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

A new site for a new city

A symbol for the town

Some masterpieces

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

The Staircase of Angels

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The disastrous earthquake

Between white and black

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

One city, three sites

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The Baroque town by the sea

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The city of museums

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto