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Chiesa di San Nicolo All'Arena

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Address: Piazza Dante, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 095715 9062
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Large church - unfinished outside

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Diane K
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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201 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 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 that are in English that provide you the history of the church.

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Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It's a really huge church, adjacent to an ancient and large monastery at the centre of Catania. It is located at the top of a hill in the centre of the town. There is also an interesting ancient sundial crossing the church.

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Florianopolis, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This church may look strange from outside, since it's not finished (and I don't know if they will finish it). But from inside, the huge structure holds the biggest meridian clock in the world. This solar clocks is impressive and shouldn't be missed. Go and amaze yourself with the movement of the earth just in front of your eyes.

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Carlow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

It was worth walking up the ills to see this.Difficult to photograph but we took this rout on our way to the greek theatre.

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Catania, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

The Church is enormous and was built in white stone. Inside there are three main parts and you can go up to see the dome or the cloister. In the different parts of the structure there baroque elements such as masks or flowers.

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The building is rather poor, but it's really worth waiting for the solar midday (it was 1pm) to see the sun beam reaching the calendar engraved in the pavement

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

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

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 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 but I actually did not notice the incomplete columns the first time I walked by... More 

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