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Chiesa di San Nicolo All'Arena

Piazza Dante, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 715 9062
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Lovely morning out

We visited the church, library and monastery (now part of the University). The church is one of the... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
via mobile
most interesting

Located on top of the hill , at Piazza Dante Alighieri . One of the largest churches in Sicily... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2017
saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Piazza Dante, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 715 9062

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Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

We visited the church, library and monastery (now part of the University). The church is one of the largest in Sicily and painted white, so very bright and uplifting. The cloisters and garden were open to walk round. Very sympathetically restored, you could see the...More

Thank nigeldavidharris57
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Located on top of the hill , at Piazza Dante Alighieri . One of the largest churches in Sicily . Most interesting . Google it up and rea about it in Wikipedia . Don't miss .

Thank saul g
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

In Catania, which is the business city of southern Sicily, it's very active, like an Italian Philadelphia,- You must see this church- Truly magnificent. On my way to Catania in a taxi to a bus stop to get off and take an Airport bus to...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This is simply a stunning church which is part of the monastery of the Benedictines and it's just stunning, really huge and very well preserved. A must-visit attraction.

Thank Carlos_Gonzalez2013
Reviewed 21 April 2016

The unfinished Chiesa on Piazza Dante is enormous - large enough to be a Duomo. It is very clinical inside with only some side chapels with large paintings. The church contains the largest sun dial across the floor and there are explanations in Italian on...More

Thank Rasputin21
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Incorporated in the Benedictine Monastery, this church boasts a calendar sun dial across the floor of the church and an antique organ which can be played by 3 organists at a time. Antique original wooden lattice-work balconies were used by old and sick monks to...More

Thank BrigitteAttard
Reviewed 20 January 2016

We visited this church as we wandered the streets of Catania. It was quite incredible. The outside is imposing and once inside its size is amazing. Huge white interior and dome. The pipe organ is its centrepiece however the small chapels inside are all interesting....More

Thank browney237
Reviewed 18 July 2015

It is a wonderful church, part of a very old monastery in Catania. It is highly advised to search for a guided tour. The monastery is now the site of the Language and Literature degree course of the University of Catania.

1  Thank hscorti
Reviewed 13 April 2015

This monastery is actually used by the university. Tours are not available (only to the adjacent Monastero dei Benedettini di Catania offers tours), but because it's an open building (at least it was when I walked in) you can sneak inside and look around until...More

1  Thank r m
Reviewed 25 February 2015

They must have run out of money to finish the outside but we enjoyed visiting the inside of this VERY large church. You are also able to visit the tombs - which have a beautiful modern stained glass of Jesus. There are some signs inside...More

1  Thank Diane K
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