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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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This is built around an earlier temple which can still be seen. Dark inside and atmospheric were it not for the crowds of people and the tour guides all talking at once. I could... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is built around an earlier temple which can still be seen. Dark inside and atmospheric were it not for the crowds of people and the tour guides all talking at once. I could have enjoyed it more were it peaceful and there wasn't a queue to get in.If you're in Ortigia it would be a shame not to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I know it from long time. I stay there for the Mass, like each year. The Church was build on the rest of ancient Athena temple in the great city of Megara Ellas. It was established bay the fist Cristina community that was coming from Antiochia (now Antakua in Turkey)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

Located in the Grand Piazza Duomo, it a majestic structure in Baroque style which hides the deep history. Relatively cheap entry at 2 euros you at first think it's a normal cathedral but you soon see the huge Greek pillars which date back to 6th century BC. The prayer rooms and chapels are also beautiful. Allow about 30 minutes.

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Would have liked to know more about this, as it is an anchient Greek temple. Unfortunately, the signage is poor and in italian only.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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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