Benedictine Monastery, Catania

Benedictine Monastery, Catania

This now abandoned monastery covers 100,000 square meters which makes it the second larges convent in Europe. The scale and richness of decoration were said to rival “Versailles” in its day though hard to see that now. There were 52 monks in residence so a “cell” in this case was more of an apartment than what we saw in Cava d’Ispica for sure. It was decided because of earthquake danger not to rebuild it as big when much was destroyed. There was an original Greek settlement on the site that has been excavated. It was also used for a time as a famous astronomic observatory. Currently the university has possession and there is some discussion of restoration.

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