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Chiesa San Benedetto

Via Crociferi, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 715 2207
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Absolute stunning

This is a drop-dead gorgeous church that still forms the core of a convent of cloistered nuns. You... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2017
JohnRegoPark
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Rego Park, New York
Stunning Baroque interior

Entry Euro 5 - no -flash photography allowed. The interior of the church is a step-back into the... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
Ken M
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Brisbane
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The house of the cloistered nuns of Saint Benedict was built from April 1334, then it was razed to the ground by the earthquake of 1693, which spared only five out of the sixty religious who used to inhabit it. The church and the monastery were rebuilt between 1708 and 1763, thanks to the work of, among others, the architect G.B. Vaccarini and the painter from Messina G. Tuccari. A large part of the gorgeous frescoes were covered at the end of XVIII century. Then they came back to light during the bombardaments of 1943, which severely damaged the building. The frescoes were restored thanks to the project of A. Dillon. In the church, in addition to the frescoes by Tuccari, it is possible to admire paintings by M. Desiderato and M. Rapisardi, and the wonderful altar in polychrome marble decorated with jasper and silver foils on which the Lamb of God dominates.
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Via Crociferi, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
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+39 095 715 2207

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Reviewed 8 July 2017

This is a drop-dead gorgeous church that still forms the core of a convent of cloistered nuns. You will be handed a tablet that has narration in a number of languages. This will lead you through various rooms where the nuns meet guests (behind grills)...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2017

Entry Euro 5 - no -flash photography allowed. The interior of the church is a step-back into the times of the Baroque. Quiet dazzling - especially if you have the time to just sit and quietly contemplate the beauty. You are given a sheet to...More

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Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

Not your usual Italian church... this Baroque gem has been lovingly restored and is really worth a visit. For 5Eu you get an audio guide which explains the vivid ceiling fresco murals which are really amazing with symbolic scenes. This is a more intimate church...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2016

Beautiful, well reserved paintings adorn the ceiling. A nun plays the amazing pipe organ during masses held daily

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Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

We were staying on Via Crociferi (at B&B Nel Cuore Di Catania, which I strongly recommend) so popped in on our way back one afternoon. The ticket also gives you entry to the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is interesting. The Inside of the church...More

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ChiesaSanBenedetto, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Chiesa San Benedetto, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2016

Dear visitor, thanks for your review. It's a pleasure for us that you enjoed the full tour, having moreover the possibility to hear the prayers of the nuns during your staying. We hope to see you again here in Catania Kind regards, Staff - Historical...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2015

Open all day..A mobile commentary (various languages) is provided for the various rooms and their contents all clearly marked and explained to improve the historical understanding

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Reviewed 23 August 2015

Via Crociferi in Catania is one of the most beautiful streets in the world. This church is one of the beautiful elements of the street with its beautiful stairs at the entrance. Inside, the church is wonderful.

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Reviewed 24 July 2015

There are many baroque frescos about the life of St. Benedict and other topocs. I highly recommend this church which has roman house (domus) in the begining.More

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ChiesaSanBenedetto, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Chiesa San Benedetto, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2015

Dear visitor, thanks for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed the visit. The roman house (domus) found in the subsoil of the convent is just an introduction to the tour, like a “surplus” that proves the various rebuilding of the town after different earthquakes...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2015

We paid 5 euros see the museum and the church. Actually there is no museum. The painting in the church are beautiful but not much more then other churches.More

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ChiesaSanBenedetto, Responsabile reception at Chiesa San Benedetto, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2015

Dear visitor, thanks for your review. The beautiful frescoes of the church are an example of the Baroque of Val di Noto, Heritage of Unesco still 2002. The Church is inside a cloistered convent and, for this reason, it was created the guided tour inside...More

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Reviewed 15 October 2014

Spectacular frescoes, mixed with some roman ruins underfoot and a baroque angelly staircase; well worth a visit.

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5 EU includes audio guide - worth it
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