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Chiesa di San Nicolo All'Arena

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I loved this church for its simplicity. Not as many art items and painting as others but so clean... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
IAN D
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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Very large church

Huge church in the area where a lot of ancient buildings were sitting. Beyond that, nothing... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2018
Anfrist
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Bucharest
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Piazza Dante, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

Combine with a free guided tour around the adjacent former Benedictine monastery, now part of Catania University and an undiscovered gem!

3  Thank LondonDolcevita
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 May 2012

I think this church is closed to the public. I did not enter La Chiesa di San Nicolo L' Arena, but saw the inside of the building from one of the shuttered balconies, during the Monastero dei Benedetinni guided tour. The church facade is unfinished...More

2  Thank CCC_wanderlust
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I loved this church for its simplicity. Not as many art items and painting as others but so clean and simple. Large interior but church is empty which gives it a strange feeling. Next door to the monastery.

Thank IAN D
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Huge church in the area where a lot of ancient buildings were sitting. Beyond that, nothing impressive, to be honest, in terms of decorations. There is possibility to take a tour for panoramic view at 3 euros.

Thank Anfrist
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

At least as big as the catholic cathedral on Piazza Duomo, the Chiesa di San Nicolo All’Arena is huge. There’s no charge to enter and wander around. Yet the entire church is empty, which gives it a rather unhomely feel to it. The walls and...More

1  Thank Menno007
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We rather stumbled across this church and initially were going to walk on however my curiosity led me to cross the road to have a closer look. The external facade does not really give a visual clue it is a church. It is truly monumental...More

1  Thank Anthony W
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Very simple church not much to look at here nothing grand to it at all however it’s worth the 3 euros to climb the stairs and get great views over Catania one of the only places I think you can do.

Thank Barbs25
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Well this was a surprise A the church is beautiful and the sun dial great. But pay the €3 to go on the roof .... the views are incredible and it’s very quiet never have I been subject to such excellent views alone without fighting...More

Thank Tommy_eire_1886
Reviewed 6 October 2017

One of the largest churches I have ever seen. The space is gorgeous and quiet. There is meridian on the floor. Entrance is free; it is possible to ascend the observation spot, which is charged.

Thank Jindrich M
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Lovely monastery now a university. You can walk round the outside and inner cloisters for free. Of note you can see a wall of rock where the lava flow of Etna was diverted in 1669 well worth a look. Lovely architecture and a Roman house...More

Thank Gitait
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
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