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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Although take the guided tour to thevinner courtyards could the splendid structures from the windows. The monastery is now part of the university. What a location to study.

Thank MICHAEL C
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A very impressive complex founded by the monks. Very long corridors and all dedicated to the Benedictine monks. Great place for wandering round.

Thank IAN D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This looks like a very interesting Benedictene monastery . I would have been keen to take a guided tour but unfortunately
on 4th October there was a huge forensic science conference
with tables of food wine layed out which I was tempted to try
but did not have the required name badge. Will try again
next visit.

Thank pad_11
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took the English tour (check on availability, most are in Italian) on a Sunday, which is offered at 3pm. An hour and twenty minutes in duration, this is a very thoroughly explained view of this very complex monestary that was the third-largest in Europe and now serving as a main campus of the local university. Major renovations since the mid-1980's have added depth to the presentation. The walk encompasses 3 levels, from Roman residences underlying the monestary, the seige of the Mt. Etna eruption of 1669 - which dramatically reached but did not breach the walls, though nothing survived the 1693 earthquake, and the transition from monastic ownership to civic and then university control. The tour encompasses several powerful visuals that underscore the commentary...nothing dry about this tour.

1  Thank stufis
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our guide studied here and so was very enthusiastic about it but even without his enthusiasm we would have been enamoured with the place. The church is huge, the sunline ( sundial) quite fascinating and the whole place is not as overladen as many baroque churches. Attached is the monastry which now holds variuos faculties of the university. There were crowds of very nervous students waiting to go in to take an exam when we were there. The entrances to the monks cells were elaborately carved and the courtyards with their so called kiosks ( more like beautifuly follies in my opinion) were amazing, it goes to show that these monks at least did not live spartaneously. Under some lecture rooms is a part of an original Roman road : totally unexpected. If it is raining in Catania and you do not want to walk around outside I strongly recommend coming here is an excellent alternative

1  Thank Hitchcock2
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very impressive complex of buildings in which you can feel the history of the city.beautiful from outside as well as inside. A must see

Thank Rami A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This ancient Benedictine monastery is now used by the city of Catania and the University. In my opinion it is definitely worth paying the few euros for the guided tour because the tour guide gives access to many ancient areas of the monastery which are not available to the public otherwise. Very interesting site to visit especially on a rainy day.

1  Thank Bobbrooksster
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Wonderfully restored monastery that is connected to the church next door. It is definitely worth it to book the guided tour at the gift shop. My guide was funny and informative with lots of info you couldn't possibly get from a guide book. HE was wonderful.

1  Thank Truffle51
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

We were fortunate to take the 3:00 English speaking tour. This is a wonderful place and you should make the time to visit.

1  Thank Kathy M
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Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

This is quite a sight when you approach it in late afternoon hours. The atmosphere inside the interior garden is very nice, olive trees and some other very rich trees create a nice state of mind. Guided tours inside are possible as well, probably a good experience, we did not have time.

1  Thank Anfrist
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