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Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena)

Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 62 Attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Fantastic, quiet, and peacefull here. Sit and relax, get out of the heat and reflect!!! 10/10 Also lots to do outside in the square

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Keerbergen, Brabant, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The interior is quite plain and has a medieval feel to it. There are a few interesting and beautiful corners though!

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Our hotel was in the square. That was behind a huge gate where parking was an art. We couldn't find the hotel so called the people who came to collect us. As we drove through the little streets which seemed to get still more narrow, all of a sudden we were in the square. White stone tiles on the ground... More

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Mawsley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

There is a Greek theatre which is quite impressive and then there is the centre of Syracuse. The main piazza is very attractive and the cathedral is probably unique in that it is built within an ancient Greek temple all of which can be clearly identified. However, on the whole Syracuse was disappointing and the guide spent too long on... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Under bright blue skies this important site glows bright. It's beautifully restored limestone is a tribute to the excellent quality of the specialists that have painstakingly shown how fantastic this building is. Ancient Greek collums provide the support for the structure and are now exposed having been encased for a thousand years. Please respect the sites request to have your... More

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Orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A Magnificent Cathedral with great artistry and historical significance containing historical periods works of art

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

this place is actually a "recycled" greek temple which has been converted to a church and is still in use today. The church itself is ot so big and to enjoy it fully, make sure you have a good guide or book explaining what it all has to offer, if you walk in unprepared, its just another church. So adding... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

A wonderful examples of layers in history, culture and architecture. Probably the only one in the world to be built on an old Greek temple. Absolutely mesmerising, a must see.

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A Greek Temple; a Byzantine church; a mosque, a Synagogue; a Norman cathedral all in one, with walls that speak to one of its long religious history.

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