Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena

Local nameSan Nicolò l'Arena
LocationCatania, Italy

The Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena in Catania, Sicily, is one of the largest monasteries in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the second biggest Benedictine monastery in Europe

The monastery was founded in 1558 and today it hosts the Department of Humanities of the University of Catania.

The monastery complex is located in the historical centre of the city of Catania, with the church of San Nicolò l'Arena. It shows architectonical integration of many styles through different centuries. Although the monastery was founded in the 16th century, it was modified by two natural disasters in the 17th century.

Tags Hidden GemMonasteryChurchChristianPlace of WorshipRoman Catholic
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More information and contact


Official website

Address Piazza Dante Alighieri, 95124 Catania CT, Italy

Coordinates 37°30'15.263" N 15°4'48.313" E

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