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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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Fascinating ancient place

The interior of the church is quite simple but this simplicity is really interesting to have a closer view. The entrance fee (€ 2) is worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The surrounding area is much more pretty than the inside of the cathedral. It is simple inside and we loved more walking outside

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

The interior of the church is quite simple but this simplicity is really interesting to have a closer view. The entrance fee (€ 2) is worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The setting on the piazza makes this building the focal point of everything in Ortigia. At night it's illumination makes the edifice pop. It's a delight to just have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and watch the passing scene. The Roman ruins that it's built on are a great piece of history. The interior is just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The temple is in many ways intact although modified over the millennia. Absent her statue, she is nonetheless very much present!

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Superb architecture. The Cathedral was built around/over a Doric Temple dating back to 470 BC. You can see some of the columns from the outside on the left hand side of the cathedral as you face the front. You must however go inside. The columns are obvious and prominently viewed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We visited the church and had lunch across the street. Amazing place to people watch and enjoy the island. There's shopping just around the corner and plenty of food along the streets.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Ok but the €2 entry fee was not really justified. Better going to the cathedral in a cone for wow factor. Yes some nice ornate decoration and all the parts were there, very religious...but you don't have to pay to get into a cathedral usually!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Excellently preserved, stunning and prayerful. It's history is extraordinary and it has not been damaged by the nightmare of the baroque style of art. It is a real experience to be there knowing it dates back to the pre-Christian pagan temple days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This church which in parts hangs on columns of the old greek temple is unique. It reminds us of the awesome historic heritage of this wonderful land. Try to get a coffee in one of the coffee houses at Plaza Duomo in front of the cathedral and enjoy its view as well as people watching!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I found it quite a messy and confusing mix of styles; I realize that is for some the attraction but I was not so impressed. No real candles. Praying area noisy.

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

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