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Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena)

| Ortigia, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 54 attractions in Syracuse
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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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This is a perfect example of how we just can't build them that way any more. A baroque cathedral built around an ancient Greek temple.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Amazing to see how the 5th century Greek Temple of Athena was transformed in a Cathedral, the first one after Antioche, as the Latin inscription inside says...

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Maitland, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Loved the old temple which is still evident inside (in near perfect condition) & outside wall.. Had to have a couple of looks & pinch myself each time I walked through it.

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Perth, Australia
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

We attended a mass in the cathedral. There is something very moving about a service where one can understand one word only, and that is "amen". The singing, the pomp and ceremony, the lights shining, all made this experience a highlight for us. As well, the building is beautiful.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 via mobile

A fascinating place, one which captivated my naturally cynical mind and turned it to wonderment. If you are anywhere near this monument to human ingenuity, it is a must see!

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The Villages, Florida
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a very impressive church. One of the major points of interest for me was that the church was built upon the site of a temple of Minerva - a 5th century BC temple. Many of the columns from the temple were incorporated into the walls of the church. Extremely beautiful church, but like another poster said - I... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Fascinating how the ancient Greek columns were incorporated into the building of this cathedral. The Duomo was built in the 7th century AD on the ruins of the 5th century BC Temple to Athena. After the Greek, Byzantine, and then Norman influence, the Baroque facade was added in the 18th century. You can see the Greek columns embedded in the... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This building was part of an amazing collections in the main square in Syracuse. It was a lovely, startlingly white building. Inside there were some absolutely gorgeous stained glass windows and there were some lovely little chapels off the main body of the building. Well worth a visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

I was "knocked out" by this temple/church. Built as a temple by the Greeks 500BC, Converted to an Orthodox Church by the Byzantines, converted to a Catholic Church, facade on the Piazza added during the 1700's. I couldn't stop smiling the entire time I was there. One of the highlights of my 10 days tour of Sicily.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

The fact that I'm writing this on my phone and somewhat tipsy from an excellent meal at Amass in Copenhagen means it's best if I sum up the cathedral at Syracusa thusly: beautiful!! The Greek columns were spiffy.

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