San Benedetto is a church in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. Dedicated to St. Benedict of Nursia, it was built between 1704 and 1713. The church is part of a complex including also the Badia Maggiore and the Badia Minore, connected by a covered bridge over the road.Its most famous feature is the Angel's Staircase (Italian: Scalinata dell'Angelo), a marble entrance stair decorated with statues of angels and surrounded by a wrought iron railings. The entrance door, in wood, has panels with Stories of St. Benedict.The interior, with a single nave, is home to frescoes by Sebastiano Lo Monaco, Giovanni Tuccari and Matteo Desiderato. The vault is frescoed with scenes of the life of St. Benedict. The high altar is in polychrome marble with hardstone intarsia and bronze panels.To visit Chiesa San Benedetto on your holiday in Catania, and find out what else Catania has to offer, use our Catania.
Chiesa San Benedetto reviews
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 more »
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. more »
It's a beautiful church. I find the entrance a little pricey (5€) if you're not eligible for a discount (meaning you're not a student or an elder). The other churches in the street were closed... My Country confuses me sometimes. 😌
We enjoyed a superb tour of the church and the accessible areas of the convent with an audio guide. A beautiful example of Sicilian Baroque.
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