Modica

The works in the church

The interior of the church is richly decorated and features a large number of precious works.
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In the sumptuous apse above the main altar stands the polychrome wooden statue of the Immaculate Conception, protected by a semicircle marked by columns between which are the two statues of St. Peter and St. Paul, housed in two Baroque-style niches.
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The three wooden statues were made in 1772 by the Neapolitan artist Pietro Padula.
A large Murano glass chandelier illuminated the apse but unfortunately was destroyed when it was moved during some maintenance work.
Two sculptural masterpieces located in the right nave are worthy of special mention.
The Madonna of Trapani, a 16th-century marble statue, and the statue group of St. Peter and the Paralysed Man, a wooden work created in 1893 by Palermo-born sculptor Benedetto Civiletti.
On the main entrance stands the majestic organ composed of 3200 pipes and two keyboards dating back to 1924, made by the Polizzi brothers. The side entrance on the left houses a wooden statue of “Christ at the Column” depicted in a red skirt reminiscent of the Christ of Burgos.
The statue is inserted in a canopy-shaped litter finely finished with stucco and gilding.

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The palace, the town, the church

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The expansion of space and changing reality

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The eagle-shaped city

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The city palace

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

St. Agatha and the candelore

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

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

A heritage of votive works

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

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

The Church of St. Paul

The Church of St. Benedict

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

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

The new roads of the city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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

The interior and works of art

Art in the cathedral

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

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The Church of St. Francis

The two churches

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

A story of rebirth

A casket of precious works

The casket of austerity under the great dome

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

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

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

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

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The Benedictines’ library

The art of maiolica

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Staircase of Angels

The works in the church

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

Luminous sacred spaces

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The church and the monastery

A stone garden

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

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

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Religious architecture

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

Reconstruction after the earthquake

City and nature

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

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

The city within the city

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The Franciscan convent

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

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

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

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

The articulated interior spaces

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

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

One city, three sites

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The Palazzo dei due mori

The church and the college