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Chiesa San Benedetto

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Address: Via Crociferi, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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It’s possible to visit some amazing areas of the Benedictine cloistered...

It’s possible to visit some amazing areas of the Benedictine cloistered Convent, the ruins of a roman domus recently found in its subsoil, the Church of Saint Benedict and its entrance: the stairs of the Angels. All this represents one of the most important baroque monumental complex. The tour includes the Macs – Museum of Contemporary Art of Sicily - located in the Convent ‘s little abbey.

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A stunning marvel on an out of the way corner in Catania

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

Reviewed 3 April 2016
David F
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Bradenton, Florida
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Bradenton, Florida
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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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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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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 is stunning and has been beautifully restored. There is an audio guide available. We went... More 

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ChiesaSanBenedetto, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Chiesa San Benedetto, responded to this review

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 Site Monastero S. Benedetto. More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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Catania, Italy
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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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Zagreb, Croatia
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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.

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ChiesaSanBenedetto, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Chiesa San Benedetto, responded to this review

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 or Etna's eruptions. All the best Staff - Historical Site Monastero S. Benedetto. More 

Mosta, Malta
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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.

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ChiesaSanBenedetto, Responsabile reception at Chiesa San Benedetto, responded to this review

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 the convent, so that you can see the Church and some others characteristic place inside.... More 

Talloires, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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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Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 September 2014

This is an amazing beautiful Chiesa you must go there .The beautiful staircase ,paintings ,doors, walls. ceiling and the peacefulness makes it a do not miss place to visit.

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ChiesaSanBenedetto, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Chiesa San Benedetto, responded to this review

Dear visitor, thanks for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed our guided tour and that you appreciated the spirituality and peacefullness of the monastery. Best regards, The Staff - Historical Site Monastero San Benedetto More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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 I am churched out. It wasn't a patch on the Monastero dei Benedettini that I... More 

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ChiesaSanBenedetto, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Chiesa San Benedetto, responded to this review

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 site, the Church of Saint Benedict. its architecture and its frescos – in late Baroque... More 

Burgundy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

The monastery was interesting in that it showed some early Greek foundations and walls, but then the main showpiece was the church of the monastery. It had been restored to an earlier state and in the process some later painting had been lost. As a record of the religious views of the time it was worth seeing, thought the speculations... More 

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ChiesaSanBenedetto, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Chiesa San Benedetto, responded to this review

Dear visitor, Thanks for your review. Historical Site Monastero San Benedetto begins in 2013, as itinerary inside the cloistered convent of the Benedictine order in Crociferi street - heritage of Unesco - in Catania. Our staff is in permanent training and our mission is to improve your satisfaction through an even better service of audio guides, tour, bookshop and so... More 

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