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Temple of Apollo (Tempio di Apollo)

Piazza Pancali | Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: Built by Greek colonists in the sixth century BC, it is probably the oldest Doric temple in Sicily. The structure included 6 columns on the short... more »
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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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Indore, India
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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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Forked River, New Jersey
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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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Bathurst, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

It's hard to avoid if you're walking from modern Syracuse to Ortigia, but there are much more interesting antiquities in the Parco Archeologico on the other side of Syracuse. Look briefly and move on.

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Honolulu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Ruins of an old temple, several pillars remain standing. Since it is right at the main entrance to Ortygia, you can't miss it.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Standing smack-dab at the entrance to Orgygia. Not much there, but it ads to the richness of the environment.

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Charlottesville, Va
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Interesting. Can't miss it. It's at the beginning of the island and the main shopping street starts from this point.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Perhaps lost some of its evocative feeling with all the wooden seats in for the drama season but very enjoyable visit with cooling spring at the top of the site. Saw Antigone there one eve - tickets quite pricey but atmospheric and not overlong - back in time for dinner.

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