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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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Great Building, worth a visit.

We enjoyed having a couple of drinks outside the cathedral and watching wedding parties come out, so decided to have a look inside. It's impressive in that the history of it is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The Syracuse Duomo is an amazing example of the reuse of ancient building materials. If you also see the local Temple of Apollo, you' ll recognise where the whole and partly used massive columns came from. The exterior is (except for one side) is now a baroque extravaganza used as the Town Hall in a busy tourist square. The interior... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed having a couple of drinks outside the cathedral and watching wedding parties come out, so decided to have a look inside. It's impressive in that the history of it is interesting and it's a big place. We didn't pay an entry fee, although I imagine that sometimes it is necessary to. I wouldn't say that it is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Read your histories to really appreciate this great temple and church. The cathedral itself is pretty basic if you have been to Palermo or Monreale. I personally wouldn't go out of my way if i was stuck for time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

factastic baroc cathedral. the best is the emplacement in the heart of Ortigia where you will find yourself in a magic place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

I have been to this Cathedral on numerous occasions.It is the most unusual building with such a rich history.There is an admission fee or if you are around when a wedding is on you may enter for free.It is beautiful on the inside & out.The steps of the Cathedral come to life of a night time with buskers and children... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

There was a boy sitting by and playing on harmonica, tunes from Godfather - made my day and excellent atmosphere!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

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

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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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