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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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A glimpse of the glory of ancient Greece

How fabulous is it to be able to glimpse a 6th century BC temple? Massive Doric pillars show you exactly where and how high the interior of the Temple of Athena was - and it is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

How fabulous is it to be able to glimpse a 6th century BC temple? Massive Doric pillars show you exactly where and how high the interior of the Temple of Athena was - and it is truly awesome, in the original use of the word. To convert it into the Cathedral, all they did was fill in the spaces between... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

A strange feeling knowing that it was once a Greek temple, with the columns still visible on the side, because being from the UK things are normally the opposite - most Catholic churches were turned into something else. The ice cream place across the square, opposite the main entrance is much better than the one along the side street.

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Woodstock, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This duomo is a very beautiful filling in of an ancient Greek temple and well worth a visit. The audio guides in both French and English are very badly read despite being by native by native speakers of those languages.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The cathedral’s façade and interior have their own beauty. The formidable Baroque front is in sharp contrast to the more muted interior, in which it’s the frame of the ancient temple that is still prevalent. It is said that on the temple’s roof stood a tall statue of the warrior-goddess Athena carrying a golden shield which, catching the sun’s rays,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Loved the reuse of the doric columns in and outside the cathedral. visit in the day time and at night

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Outside construction and its location on the main square very attractive. Look out as well for the markings of the Greek buildings that are laid out in the piazza and surrounding roads.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The history and architecture were phenomenal! Loved the simplicity of the structure, and the feeling of being apart of the evangelical history of the region (I.e. St. Paul).

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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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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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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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