Monastero dei Benedettini di San Nicolò L'Arena

Catania, Italy

Monastero dei Benedettini di San Nicolò L'Arena

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The Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena in Catania, Sicily is a former Benedictine monastery, located on Piazza Dante 30 in the city of Catania, region of Sicily, Italy. After the Mafra, this abbey is the second largest Benedictine monastery in Europe. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site (as a part of Val di Noto World Heritage Site), and houses the Department of Humanities of the University of Catania.

The monastery was founded in 1558. Dedicated to San Nicola di Bari, the suffix of Arena (sand) derived from the volcanic sand present in the area.

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