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Chiesa di San Nicolo All'Arena

Address: Piazza Dante, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 095715 9062
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Ranked #31 of 69 Attractions in Catania
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks

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Catania, Italy
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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253 reviews 253 reviews
119 attraction reviews
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
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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