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Chiesa San Benedetto

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Admission Ticket to Church of Saint Benedict
from USD 5.81*
Admission Ticket to Church of Saint Benedict
from USD 5.81*
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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...more
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Via Crociferi, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 715 2207
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 25 June 2013

Lying on beautiful Via Crocifero, the church of saint benedict is a magnificent example of the kind of churches that were built up in the region after the devastating earthquake of 1693. A museum has now been opened, finally giving access to the church. The...More

4  Thank Traveller1Norway
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 6 July 2014

The title of a previous review 'less than expected' summed it up for me. It promised great things, with the banners around the church and mostly very good reviews in TA. It was professionally presented and interesting enough but essentially it's just a church. Perhaps...More

1  Thank Neve97
ChiesaSanBenedetto, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Chiesa San Benedetto, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2014

Dear visitor, thanks for your review. The Historical Site Monastero San Benedetto is a guided tour inside a cloister convent of Benedictine order. Here live many nuns so the tour is organized in respect of monastic life, but permitting to enjoy a very important cultural...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was lucky as a nun let me look round after a service and only me in before they closed the church. It is one of many stunning churches in the city and particularly this street.

Thank IAN D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good looking A tour worth the entrance up the observation deck. Beautifully decorated church, and interesting history

Thank Kalervo S
Reviewed 11 October 2018

It took us a while to locate the entrance as we were looking for the usual doorway to a church or cathedral. Nope, its an incongruous door just next to the archway across the road. Once inside you follow the audio tour directions until you...More

Thank Richard3150
Reviewed 23 June 2018

Definitely worth the 4 Euro tour up the tower, with interesting facts about the Church and great views over roof-tops.

Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 17 June 2018

The audio guided tour is SO well done. We combined our visit here with our visit to the monastery and paid a reduced price for purchasing both tix at the same time. Highly recommend a visit to this church it is spectacular with painted ceilings,...More

Thank Angie R
Reviewed 11 June 2018

I found this church to be much prettier and more ornate than Basilica Cathedrale Sant' Agata. It had beautiful frescos all over the church, a beautiful main altar and color everywhere you looked. It is located about 5-6 blocks from the main square and cathedral.

Thank RLWOrangePark
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

Thank JohnRegoPark
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

1  Thank Ken M
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

1  Thank winesfoodfun
Reviewed 3 April 2016

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

Thank David F
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Sara M
14 June 2016|
Response from winesfoodfun |
5 EU includes audio guide - worth it