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Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena)

Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 57 Attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW 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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

just chop out the Naos walls to make arches and put the blocks into the spaces in between the columns of the peristyle. place altar at eastern end and you have a church. pleasantly serene.

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Arlington Heights IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Rather than the "let's tear it to the ground and use the rubble as a foundation", the Catholic Bishops of Syracuse either recognized the beauty of the temple and has unusual cultural sensitivity or they were simply lazy and decided to fill in the space between the columns to create the walls of the cathedral. Either way, the result is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

stunning cathedral, really overwhelming inside even for an atheist. Kept in a real pristine condition

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

There aren't many churches that marry a Doric Greek temple with Spanish Baroque, and fewer that make the two styles into something truly beautiful. The Siracusa Cathedral (Duomo) is one of those places. The exterior is as beautiful as the interior. Just stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Perfect layer of cultures. The greek temple is the base of the baroche church. It is an incredible cross building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Beautiful facade, and just really cool to see the old Athena temple shine through from all sides. Cool to be in a place that has been an active place of worship for so long.

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Pebble Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A recycled temple of Minerva, now with a stunning baroque facade, situated on a very nice piazza. TIP - In the Chiesa de Santa Lucia alla Badia, 300 feet to the right of the Cathedral is a wonderful painting by Caravaggio - The Burial of St Lucy.

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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Quite stunning as to how this quality of architecture could be achieved so many years ago and yet remain in such superb condition. Beautifull stone work on the outside and such quality of paintings inside. A must see.

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