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Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena)

Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 61 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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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Bratislava, Slovakia
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Sofia, Bulgaria
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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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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

It's a beautiful piece of history making Ortygia Duomo an amazing spot for visitors. To see Roman and Greek piece of architecture in one building is really outstanding expirience, from the outside and inside also. There's a 2€ fee to get inside the temple and its pretty worth it, though its the only religious spot we saw in Sicily (and... More

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Yorkshire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The high point of the main square in Ortigia - once you view the greek pillars from inside the church it becomes clear how alike the two structures are.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

...in the most obvious possible way. Impressive architecture and inspiring. That's all I really want to say about it - but there's a word count lower limit (rather unhelpfully).

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TIRANA, ALBANIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

the cathedral is a wonderful piece of art. you can see the blending of the old temple of Athena with the cathedral and the result is wonderful.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This has to be one of the most interesting Cathedrals in the world with its 'north' wall incorporating massive columns from the original Temple of Minerva in stark contrast to the exuberant decoration of the Baroque facade. The interior is relatively simple, but there are still many fascinating items to take note of.

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South England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Greek temple incorporated into a working church, not many of those around the world, very few actually expose the greek temple part.

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