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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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This cathedral was the most beautiful thing we saw in Syracuse. It was breathtaking, as was the square around it outside. The baroque architecture is amazing, and I could stand... read more

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This cathedral was the most beautiful thing we saw in Syracuse. It was breathtaking, as was the square around it outside. The baroque architecture is amazing, and I could stand outside looking around for quite some time. Plan on about 45 minutes to see the church and the square. I needed a sunhat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely city, especially at night. With so many lights, architecture impressive... Worth to visit!Stairs is so good to take a pause, between long walk in main street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stunning on the outside with a lot of ornate sculptures and carvings the cool, quiet interior is somewhat less elaborate on the inside, but there are some very elaborate altars and crypts to the one side. Very beautiful, and interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It a great to place to visit because as the tour guide explained "we can read history horizontally rather than vertically". We can easily see the progression from the Greek period; to the Christian period and then the Normands.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated in Piazza Duomo on the island of Ortigia, the 5th century BC Greek temple dedicated to the Goddess Athena, became the site of today's Cathedral with its striking Baroque facade. Make sure to visit the interior ( for which there is an entrance fee ) -- it is quite amazing to see the Doric columns from the original Greek... More 

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harrogate north yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In the sunshine of February the cathedral looks sparkling and bright against the blue sky. A fiesta takes place every year around St Valentines day and we were lucky to see all the locals enjoying the Duomo and this fabulous cathedral. Free to enter and so beautiful, you must visit.

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San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This is definitely the centerpiece of the Plazza Dumomo; and don;t miss entering the Cathedral as it is very beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This church is also known as 'Duomo Siracusa' and can be traced back to a Greek 'Temple of Athena'. It is obvious that some of the columns date back to a far distant age.It sits on the large rectangular Piazza Duomo which has many beautiful and substantial historical buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

This cathedral is built into the 5th century BC Temple of Athena. The Doric columns of the Greek temple are strikingly evident from outside as well as within the building. An extraordinary achievement!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This church is very beautiful with an amazing history. Having a guide is also useful to get the full history. The piazza also adds to the experience.

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