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Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena)

Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 62 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Absolutely wonderful There is a fee to go in 2 euros It's worth it but difficult to get good photos as dark. It can get crowded with groups in afternoon so better to go early.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

it is shocking to see how the Greek temple has been incorporated to the church, and how the church is lay down on the original Athena temple both outside and inside. To see how the new religion has forced the old one to submission is a bit shocking, but it is a must see church in Syracuse.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We really enjoyed looking around the beautiful Cathedral. It was only 2 Euros for adults and free for children. There are different styles of architecture in it and the atmosphere was wonderful. Well worth a visit.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is one of the most amazing churches ever. It is realized including a greek temple, showing the ancient doric columns. A must to see.

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Short Hills, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The church completely bowls you over, with the pillars of the pre existing temple of Athena built into its walls. You get a front row seat to the archeological background to the building. Loved the columns!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Wonderful cathedral with interesting history as it was rebuilt from an ancient temple to medieval cathedral; you can find the original ancient inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

What more can I say ....beautiful architecure wonderful paintings just a magnificent place hope they put a plaque up to say I visited as they have done for the Pope !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

If you decide to visit Sicily, definitely I recommend seeing the town of Syracuse, Italian Siracusa, the birthplace of Archimedes. The part of the city is the island Ortygia. The city is very nice, with lots of monuments, narrow streets and cafes. Definitely you must see Piazza Duomo, with its beautiful Cathedral. Entrance to the Cathedral is 2 euros. This... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A must see. Impressive especially when you think it was in the main part built a few centuries BC. Ladies have to cover shoulders but helpful staff will lend you shawl if you need one

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Greek temple of Athena was built at the time when Syracuse was a great and powerful town. Consider that entering the cathedral you step over 2500 years of history! Remains of the Doric columns can be still seen in the church. There is a nice Madonna statue made by one of Michelangelo's students.

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