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Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena)

Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #4 of 60 attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: Syracuse thanks to its significant locations has architectural fragments of such an intelligence and wisdom representing an art history that goes... more »
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This has to be one of the most interesting Cathedrals in the world with its 'north' wall incorporating massive columns from the original Temple of Minerva in stark contrast to the exuberant decoration of the Baroque facade. The interior is relatively simple, but there are still many fascinating items to take note of.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Greek temple incorporated into a working church, not many of those around the world, very few actually expose the greek temple part.

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istanbul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

You can see the old temple column and foundation at the out side of the cathedral you can follow structurel devolopment of the temple to cathedral

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Easy to get around and not a lot of people there, had a beautiful view over the sea and the city. The weather was beautiful.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Great landmark and beautiful square. Lots of shops and resturarants close by. We bought some nice art work at some reasonable prices

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Located in the centre of the old town and still in a condition that has not been lost through the extensive restoration that has happened to some Greek and Roman sites in Italy. Worth viewing.

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Stockholm, Sverige
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Since my religion is defined as Tourist in this country, entry here is strictly no-no. Beautiful cathedral but with a camera in hand; in sicily you are just another annoying idiot with a camera.

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Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

It is a must if you visit Syracuse. The exterior of the cathedral is a work of art and the inside is also interesting.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This is a perfect example of how we just can't build them that way any more. A baroque cathedral built around an ancient Greek temple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Amazing to see how the 5th century Greek Temple of Athena was transformed in a Cathedral, the first one after Antioche, as the Latin inscription inside says...

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