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Address: Piazza Dante, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 095715 9062
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
BrigitteAttard
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Malta
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 be out of view of the congregation below while following church functions.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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. Keep on walking and you find yourself in a war memorial. Its an imposing building.

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Catania, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 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.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 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 you're "caught". And it's worth it! Walk through the gate at Piazza Dante Alighieri.

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Chicago, Illinois
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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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