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Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena)

Address: Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #39 of 1,763 things to do in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The heart of this beautiful old city. Just wander around. The duomo is a strange mixture of temple and church, all brought together by the magnificent facade.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Syracuse Cathedral is a must see especially if you have been to Agrigento and seen the temple ruins as this temple was and is used for services but you can see the old Temple columns within and outside the building.

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Perth, Western Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The Syracuse Cathedral is well worth a visit when on the island of Ortigia. It is a very interesting piece of architecture situated in a beautiful Piazza.

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Turin, Italy
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I spent hours sitting across the The Temple of Athena admiring both what is left of the old temple and what is now the christian cathedral. It is an amazing location. The details of the original temple and of the cathedral are amazing to be admired. The cafes across the plaza with cold prosecco or amazing Sicilian wines make it... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This cathedral was built on top of an ancient Greek temple dedicated to Athena (Minerva), whose columns can still be seen both inside and outside it. It has some wonderful chapels, the entrance fee is very low, and together with the beautiful piazza outside, is a sight in Siracusa (on the Ortygia island) very much worth seeing.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

It's a different kind of experience to see how this church mixes elements of a Greek temple with the current church

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Very good for the church but tried to go to mass and was told not allowed! Even at an advertised mass time

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Best to visit after having explored Greek temple remains in other parts of Sicily, so that you can appreciate the temple components of this cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

We were with a local guide providing us with the history of the church. Without the use of the guide the history of the facility would not have been obvious.

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Loved the exterior and interior. I have never seen a temple turned into a cathedral before - and was intrigued by seeing the old temple columns as part of the walls - both inside and out.

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