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Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena)

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Address: Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

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Gorgeous architecture

A beautiful cathedral with an unusual Greek temple style front - a gorgeous piece of architecture. Perhaps less to see on the inside - not the cheapest entry fee, but certainly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A beautiful cathedral with an unusual Greek temple style front - a gorgeous piece of architecture. Perhaps less to see on the inside - not the cheapest entry fee, but certainly worth a look from the lovely piazza outside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

As we drove into this ancient "Greek" not "Italian" city visions of Greek philosophers and renowned other historical geniuses especislly Archemedes came to find realizing where we were. The aura was more than we experienced in modern Syracusa but that was overpoweing, The cathedral was majestic, but we were somewhat disappointed that everything was somewhat subdued yet it was still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

There are quite a few examples of Greek Temples becoming Churches, but rarely can you see the original structure so clearly. The Columns can clearly be seen in the outer wall of the Cathedral. The Cella wall is still present - although arches have been cut into it to open up the interior. Remember when you look at this temple/cathedral... More 

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Bardolino, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

An unique architecture monument, majestic and spectacular, symbol of Syracuse. The Greek columns support the temple enriching the whole structure, with a precious result. A must see cathedral.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great hearing the history of a Greek Temple becoming a Catholic Cathedral and serving an earthquake which ruined most of surrounding area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A beautiful cathedral with lots of different elements to it. It contains part of a greek temple, a mosque and a Norman influenced church. You can still see the greek columns either side of the entrance. They are strict about covering up shoulders etc so bring a scarf with you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Not to miss while in Siracusa! The whole place is filled with a good energy, maybe just my personal opinion...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The interior and exterior is masterpeace of sicilian baroque. I discovered only later greek columns! So, it was greek temple before the church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This cathedral was beautiful and worth a visit. The architecture is stunning and very unique. If you are close its well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

For over 2500 years people have worshipped in this building--when it was a temple and then when it was a church. Its fascinating to recognize the pillars of the temple in the church and to realize its the same space as the ancient Greeks used for worship.

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Address: Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Syracuse  >  Syracuse

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