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Address: Piazza Pancali | Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Description: The ruins of the Temple of Apollo (7th-6th century BC) won't give you the...
The ruins of the Temple of Apollo (7th-6th century BC) won't give you the whole picture; you should visit the archaeological museum in Syracuse to find out what the entire structure looked like.
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Interesting ruin on Ortygia

The row of broken columns gives a sense of scale to the original temple. You can't miss it if you are exploring the island since it occupies an entire block in the center of town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
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Arlington Heights IL
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

There is a small sign that describes the layout of the temple. There are a few columns that are still standing and an arch.

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Arlington Heights IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The row of broken columns gives a sense of scale to the original temple. You can't miss it if you are exploring the island since it occupies an entire block in the center of town.

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Fortson, GA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Walking by the Temple on a sunny, HOT Tuesday afternoon 8/22, my wife & I paused to view the ruins & read some of the posted explanations. Compared to many other Greek & Roman ruins we've seen elsewhere in Europe, the Temple was unimpressive with few insights provided by the narratives. OK to spend a few moments if you're passing... More 

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Rahway, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We stumbled upon the Temple of Apollo while walking to the ATM. It's really right in the middle of the city. You cannot walk inside. The pillars are well-preserved and you can walk around the edge (it's basically a big square). Just a quick visit in passing is all you need, but really you might as well stop so you... More 

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Pebble Beach, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The only advantage of this ruin is that you don't have to out of your way to see it - it is small, pretty much a single city block, and right in the middle of town. As such it seems out of place, usually old ruins cover a larger, more remote area. If you are walking by check it out.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I wouldn't say it is something special, where you could spend an hour or so. It is nice look for 10min, make a phone and walk forward.

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We crossed this while exploring the city by night, there are mostly ruins of what probably was a temple long time ago. Nothing much in terms of beauty.

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The Villages, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

As you first come into Ortygia, you will see the ruins of the Temple of Apollo in the Piazza Pancali. The temple was built in the 6th century BC and is the oldest Doric temple in western Europe. That alone makes it an important site to see.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Although the history here is undeniable and the place is definitely special; I don't feel that the local authorities have made the most of it. There are no real information points and the grounds are not well tended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I cannot describe the feeling I had when I was standing at the top of the ruins that had been built in the 6th century. Although there is not much there now, it is still a representation of the Greek influence on Sicily. Amazing.

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