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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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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).

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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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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Lutz, Florida
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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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Darwin Australia
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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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Perth, Western Australia
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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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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I spent hours sitting across the The Temple of Athena admiring both what is left of the old temple and what is now the christian cathedral. It is an amazing location. The details of the original temple and of the cathedral are amazing to be admired. The cafes across the plaza with cold prosecco or amazing Sicilian wines make it... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This cathedral was built on top of an ancient Greek temple dedicated to Athena (Minerva), whose columns can still be seen both inside and outside it. It has some wonderful chapels, the entrance fee is very low, and together with the beautiful piazza outside, is a sight in Siracusa (on the Ortygia island) very much worth seeing.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

It's a different kind of experience to see how this church mixes elements of a Greek temple with the current church

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Very good for the church but tried to go to mass and was told not allowed! Even at an advertised mass time

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Best to visit after having explored Greek temple remains in other parts of Sicily, so that you can appreciate the temple components of this cathedral.

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