Ragusa

Two illustrious patron saints

foto statua san giorgioThe fact that Ragusa was divided meant that each city had its own patron saint . But when they were reunited, abolishing one of the saints was unthinkable. So in Ragusa Ibla, St. George is celebrated on the 23rd of April, and St. John on the 29th of August.
Two feasts with no one left out! All citizens actively take part in the events.
St. George is one of the world’s most famous and revered saints. He is the patron saint of England and Portugal, and even a crater on the moon has been named after him. Unfortunately, the stories about St. George’s life and martyrdom are abundant and conflicting.
The most famous story tells of the slaying of a dragon to save a young girl.
foto statua san giovanni battistaIn Sicily, St. George has been worshipped since the 5th century, only becoming so renowned and important in the 11th century.
In 1063 the Norman army led by Robert Guiscard defeated the Arabs, and were led to victory with the help of St. George.
The 29th of August is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The saint lived in the desert, eating insects until he could undertake God’s mission. His task was to spread the word of God and erase sin through Baptism.
The saint was imprisoned in the dungeons then beheaded by order of Herod the Great.
The saint’s worship spread throughout the world very quickly.
A life of renunciation and penance made him an immediate role model.

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The Staircase of Angels

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

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A new site for a new city

New roads for Catania

A half-Baroque church

The disastrous earthquake

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

An eagle-shaped city

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Prominent façade

A miniature city

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

One city, two sites

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A new site for a new church

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A hall for the feasts

Norman apses

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

A colourful floor

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A small room with a golden entrance

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A long reconstruction

The internal colours

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Wonderful quick decorations

Many owners, one palace

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The city of museums

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

A square as the heart of the city

Two illustrious patron saints

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Discovering the mother church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A majestic and luminous church

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A city in colour

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The chocolate of Modica

The Burgos crucifix

A prominent church

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The colours of the cathedral

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

Some prestigious works

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A museum to save a tradition

A triumph of colour

From International Gothic to present day

A talking palace

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The wall comes to life

Some masterpieces

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The theatre of taste

The two churches

Between white and black

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Feast days

The Baroque town by the sea

Searching for colour

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

One city, three sites

A symbol for the town