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Chiesa di San Nicolo All'Arena

Piazza Dante, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy (Borgo-Sanzio)
095715 9062
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Ranked #31 of 82 Attractions in Catania
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
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Florianopolis, SC
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Bathurst, Australia
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293 attraction reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

A couple of the photos here are actually of the adjacent Benedictine monastery in the grounds of the University of Catania, but in any case you really should visit both. The monastery is of more interest - it's a must-see - but this church, with its very strange facade and huge interior is worth a brief look too. As someone... More

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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
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
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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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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105 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 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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