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“Spared from lava flow”

Monastero dei Benedettini
Ranked #2 of 163 things to do in Catania
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Owner description: Il Monastero di San Nicolo l'Arena di Catania (#monasterocatania), gioiello del tardo barocco siciliano e tra i complessi benedettini piu' grandi d'Europa. L'edificio monastico, che nasce nel '500 e si sviluppa fino ai giorni nostri, e' un esempio di integrazione architettonica tra le epoche: contraddistinto da molteplici trasformazioni oggi e' patrimonio mondiale dell'Unesco. Sede del DiSUM (dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche) dell'Universita' degli Studi di Catania, custodisce al suo interno due domus romane, i chiostri e un intero piano costruito da G. B. Vaccarini sopra il banco lavico del 1669. Dal 2010 Officine Culturali, in collaborazione con l'Universita degli Studi di Catania, si occupa della valorizzazione del Monastero dei Benedettini. Il Monastero e' considerato uno dei beni culturali piu' significativi del meridione d'Italia. La missione assunta da Officine Culturali consiste nel rendere accessibile e comprensibile il Monastero nel migliore dei modi e al maggior numero di persone possibile. A tal scopo Officine Culturali ha attivato un'offerta di fruizione variegata e dinamica. Attraverso il servizio di visite guidate giornaliero e' possibile conoscere gli aspetti piu' significativi dell'ex plesso monastico. I percorsi guidati per i piu' piccoli sono arricchiti dai laboratori, dove la narrazione delle "arti e mestieri" benedettini e' svolta in maniera creativa e divertente da professionisti della didattica dell'arte, dell'architettura, delle tradizioni e delle scienze. Oltre al quotidiano svolgimento delle attivita' di promozione, valorizzazione, informazione e accoglienza, Officine Culturali e' promotrice di iniziative ed eventi culturali e di intrattenimento, finalizzati a rendere il Monastero uno spazio di integrazione e aggregazione per la collettivita'.
Sittingbourne
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“Spared from lava flow”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

y husband and I visited here in September 2013. We went before the students started university so it was deserted apart from our small group being given a tour by our excellent guide. The whole experience was amazing, from the integration of a very old monastery into a university but also the site of a rediscovered roman mosaic paved road at the foundations which has been conserved with glass walk ways above it. The kitchens also down below have been preserved and next to them you can see the remains of the lava flow which just stopped short of covering the monastery. Upstairs the music room which is modern but which has been carefully blended into the fabric of the building and best of all the magnificent staircase which has white marble sculptures of new testament scenes. Do not miss this if you are visited Catania.

Visited September 2013
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“Sicilian baroque”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

The building is an example of Sicilian late baroque style, but other architectural styles were integrated. It is a part of UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002. The history of the building begins in 1558. I like the Church of San Nicolo L'Arena and the Chiostro di Ponente most. Surely, it should be visited by all the tourists who go to Catania.

Visited September 2013
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London
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“Very interesting building, but couldn't access gardens”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

We went to the Monastery - which forms part of a university. There is a basic written guide in English but no English speaking guides which was a shame. We walked round the building which was rather beautiful - but it was milling with students - and we felt that we probably missed a lot because we didn't understand what we were seeing or what we were supposed to be seeing. We spent about 30 mins here

Visited September 2013
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Maaleh Adumim
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“amazing ! worth the visit !”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Took the tour In Italian but had the notes in English so it didn't matter, really an awesome place, very interesting. visited on a Sun. morning so the place was empty. (from students).

Visited September 2013
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“excellent location and nicely restored”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

for a conference it is the absolutely niciest place to stay. Only the surrounding is a bit chaotic. I liked the architecture and the way how it is used now.

Visited September 2013
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