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Palazzolo Acreide
The city of Palazzolo Acreide (Siracusa). Useful information, baroque photo gallery, churches and more...
Akrai
The archaeological site of Akrai, city founded by the Greeks of Siracusa in the 664 a.C.
Palazzolo Acreide (SR)
House-museum of Antonino Uccello
Informative website about the ethnoantropologist Antonino Uccello and virtual visit of the House-museum of Palazzolo Acreide (SR)
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Touristic portal website about Siracusa and Ragusa. Archaeological, ethnoantropological, historical, artistic, naturalistic route
Late baroque towns of the Val di Noto (South eastern Sicily)
World Heritage List UNESCO
The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily: Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa and Scicli. The towns of the Val di Noto represent the culmination and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe
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The city of Lucca (Tuscany). Useful information, photo gallery, churches, the walls, monuments and more...

Centro Studi Iblei
Documentation centre about Antonino Uccello, the iblei area and the province of Siracusa and Ragusa

The sites of the peasant's work. Buscemi-Palazzolo Acreide
Intermunicipal ethnical-anthropological itinerary
Italian ethnoantropological museums
Portal website about ethnoantropologic museums in Italy
Andrea Latina - Art
Official website of the sicilian painter Andrea Latina. Oil paintings and more
Akraion
Located in the historical centre of Palazzolo Acreide, in this store you can buy various terracotta objects and paintings
Caltagirone's ceramics
Located in the historical centre of Palazzolo Acreide, in this store you can buy various ceramics and terracotta objects

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Destroyed by the earthquake in 1693, Palazzolo Acreide was rebuilt in the eighteen century and the late original Baroque style. It revived by flourishing with monuments, churches, palaces and other valuable works of art.

 

SAINT PAUL'S CHURCH
(Chiesa di San Paolo)

Chiesa di S. Paolo

The church of Saint Paul rises on the old church of Santa Sophia. It has an imposing baroque fašade with three orders and was probably built by Francesco Sinatra.

Chiesa di S. Paolo - Navata centrale ed altare maggiore

The most important works of art in the church are the organ, Saint Joseph's paintings and the wooden altar, dates back to 1748. Saint Paul was choosen on 1688 to be the Patron Saint of Palazzolo Acreide.

SAINT SEBASTIAN'S CHURCH
(Chiesa di San Sebastiano)

Chiesa di S. Sebastiano

This church was rebuilt in 1703 and rises up in the "People's square" with its spectacular flight of stairs and a richly decorated three orders fašade.

Chiesa di S. Sebastiano - S. Sebastiano (G. Belfiore, 1954)

The interior has three naves with valuable stuccos dating back to 1783 and several paintings among which "Saint Margaret of Cortona", a Vito D'Anna's work.

CHURCHES OF THE ANNUNCIATION
(Chiesa dell'Annunziata)

Chiesa dell' Annunziata

It is the oldest in the city. Destroyed by the 1693 earthquake, it was rebuilt by the architect Matteo Tranisi who planned the extraordinary baroque fašade enriched by twisted coupled columns decorated with friezes representing wine shoots and other fruit.

Annunciazione di Antonello da Messina (foto L. Rubino)

There are two indisputed artistic masterpieces: the famous oil painting of "The Annunciation" by Antonello Da Messina (commissioned to him for this church in 1474), exhibited in the Bellomo Museum in Syracuse and the marble altar with various colours of inlaid marble which represent the allegory of spring.

THE MAIN CHURCH
(Chiesa Madre)

Chiesa Madre - Facciata

Dedicated to Saint Nicholas, this church was already standing in 1215 but was rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake. The inside has three naves Latin cross set with a dome. The church houses a sixteenth century cross painted by an unknown artist and a painting of the Martyrdom of Saint Ippolito by the School of Pietro Novelli.

SAINT MICHAEL'S CHURCH
(Chiesa di San Michele)

Chiesa di S. Michele

This church present corinthian style columns in the inside. The fašade presents a portal with corinthian style columns.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION'S CHURCH
(Chiesa dell'Immacolata)

Chiesa dell' Immacolata - Facciata

This church presents only a nave but its elegant and peculiar convex fašade is the unique architectural example among all the churches of Palazzolo Acreide.

Madonna col Bambino (Francesco Laurana, 1471/72)

This church houses the excellent and precious statue of Our Lady and Child (Madonna col Bambino) by Francesco Laurana.

SAINT ANTONY'S CHURCH
(Chiesa di Sant'Antonio)

Chiesa di Sant'Antonio - Facciata

This church was previously planned with three naves latin cross set, but was never ended.

THE TOWN HALL
(Palazzo municipale)

Palazzo del Municipio

It overlooks the "People's square". The building has a mock-classical architecture design and shows the liberty style engravings.

VITTORIO EMANUELE STREET
(Corso Vittorio Emanuele)

Corso Vittorio Emanuele - Palazzo Iudica

In the main street of Palazzolo Acreide (called "Corso") you can admire the baroque style "Pizzo" and "Iudica" buildings.

GARIBALDI STREET
(Via Garibaldi)

Via Garibaldi - Mensoloni Barocchi di Palazzo Iudica (oggi Caruso)

Garibaldi street is characterized by seventeenth century buildings. Iudica palace is famous to have the longest baroque balcony in Europe. The big trusses at n░ 27 are grotesque masks (called "cagnoli") different from one another. Another baroque style building is Ferla palace.

UMBERTO I SQUARE
(Piazza Umberto I)

Palazzo Zocco - Mensoloni con bassorilievi

Facing the Saint Paul's church there is Umberto I square, where the eighteenth century Palazzo Zocco stands on the west side of the street with its interesting figures trusses.

PUBLIC GARDEN
(Villa Comunale)

Villa Comunale - Viale Centrale

Located in the Marconi square you can find the public garden. It has four large, long paths with great variety of age-old trees, hedges and shrubs. On the central path there is a stone statue, the "Flora", by Giuseppe Giuliano.

MONUMENTAL CEMETERY
(Cimitero Monumentale)

Cimitero Monumentale - Cappella Messina-Mazzarella

In the Monumental Cemetery you can admire the various architectural styles as the gothic and liberty. Noble and middle-class family chapels, mausoleums, statues and monuments are of great artistic value.

 

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Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)

Date of inscription: 2002

Criteria: C (i) (ii) (iv) (v)

Brief Description

The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily: Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli, were all rebuilt after 1693 on or beside towns existing at the time of the earthquake which took place in that year. They represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement. Keeping within the late Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive innovations in town planning and urban building.

Justification for Inscription

Criterion i This group of towns in south-eastern Sicily provides outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius of late Baroque art and architecture. Criterion ii The towns of the Val di Noto represent the culmination and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe. Criterion iv The exceptional quality of the late Baroque art and architecture in the Val di Noto lies in its geographical and chronological homogeneity, as well as its quantity, the result of the 1693 earthquake in this region. Criterion v The eight towns of south-eastern Sicily that make up this nomination, which are characteristic of the settlement pattern and urban form of this region, are permanently at risk from earthquakes and eruptions of Mount Etna.

( http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&id_site=1024 )


 

     
 

 
     
 

 
     
 

 
     
 

 

 
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