Chiesa San Benedetto

Chiesa San Benedetto, Catania: Hours, Address, Chiesa San Benedetto Reviews: 4.5/5

Chiesa San Benedetto
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
About
The house of the cloistered nuns of Saint Benedict was built from April 1334, then it was razed to the ground by the earthquake of 1693, which spared only five out of the sixty religious who used to inhabit it. The church and the monastery were rebuilt between 1708 and 1763, thanks to the work of, among others, the architect G.B. Vaccarini and the painter from Messina G. Tuccari. A large part of the gorgeous frescoes were covered at the end of XVIII century. Then they came back to light during the bombardaments of 1943, which severely damaged the building. The frescoes were restored thanks to the project of A. Dillon. In the church, in addition to the frescoes by Tuccari, it is possible to admire paintings by M. Desiderato and M. Rapisardi, and the wonderful altar in polychrome marble decorated with jasper and silver foils on which the Lamb of God dominates.
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BigCat100
Fareham, UK17 contributions
Jun 2019
There is an audio tour which is very informative. At times it is a bit too literal in explaining the paintings but is very helpful to understand the history
Written September 10, 2019
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DAL
Greater London, UK37 contributions
Aug 2019
Amazing white church and the view from the roof is worth the 130 steps up and down. Very quiet and peaceful inside - good for contemplation.
Written August 12, 2019
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Sally62
Northampton, UK4,576 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We were only in Catania for one day and luckily it was a Tuesday as this church is only open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (10am-5pm). Our hotel was only a five minute walk away but it took us forever to find the entrance - we went to the front which has railings around it so walked all the way round from the right and finally found it when we were about to give up! It's just round the corner to the left if you are standing at the front. Really reasonable price to go in and the audio-guide is very comprehensive.
The church was rebuilt in the early 18th century after being razed to the ground in an earthquake. The Baroque architecture is incredible and the painted ceiling stunning. It's probably best known for the angel staircase at the entrance to the church. We were left speechless by the beauty of this place.
If you are in Catania when it is open, do go - you won't be disappointed.
Written June 14, 2019
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Christine C
Godalming261 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Really enjoyed looking around this wonderful place with such amazing painted ceilings and a great sense of space.
Written June 5, 2019
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Jackief1962
Sydney, Australia137 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This is such a wonderful place rich in history and well worth taking the time to listen to the audio provide. Plus it is on Via Crociferi - one of the prettiest street in Catania.

Written June 4, 2019
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THE TRAVELLER
Malaga, Spain10,422 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The most beautiful of churches. Wow ! External architecture is just beautiful but the interior steps it up to another level- it is wonderful - stunning.
Written April 15, 2019
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Stamatis K
119 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is not just a church but a whole complex for the monastery. Of course the church is the main attraction, and the one you mostly visit, but there are some other interesting facts that the detailed audio guide lets you know. When in Catania this is one not to miss.
Written March 30, 2019
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Joseph
Birmingham, UK37 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Luckily it was open on the only day we were in Catania. One of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen.
Written March 17, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,715 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
I was lucky as a nun let me look round after a service and only me in before they closed the church. It is one of many stunning churches in the city and particularly this street.
Written November 12, 2018
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Kalervo S
Southwest Finland, Finland22 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Good looking

A tour worth the entrance up the observation deck. Beautifully decorated church, and interesting history
Written November 10, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chiesa San Benedetto

Chiesa San Benedetto is open:
  • Mon - Tue 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Mon - Tue 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Fri - Sat 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM


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