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Basilica Santa Lucia al Sepolcro

Piazza Santa Lucia, 96100 Siracusa Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #13 of 60 attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Most recent review
- Jul 2, 2014
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Aiken, South Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It is unfortunate that the basilica is overshadowed by the Duomo that's in the same square as it is as beautiful in the inside as the Duomo is on the outside. Although small compared to the Duomo, the interior has beautiful paintings and small chapels. It is also free.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Firstly there seems to be some confusion here, there are two churches dedicated to Saint Lucia in Siracusa, the picture and most of the reviews refer to Santa Lucia alla Badia in piazza duomo, the heading refers to the basilica Santa Lucia. I didn't get into the basilica itself but I visited the chapel next to it and the catacombs.... More

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surrey
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Recommended to visit the church to see a Caravaggio we did so. The church itself is much like any other in Italy, the painting in a dark area and some distance from the viewer.Main recollection was of a man with an enormous behind and a female lying on the floor.I don't think it is noted as one of his best... More

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

All the tour books and sights we looked at to prepare for the trip to Syracuse state that the Caravaggio painting of the burial of Santa Lucia once hung at the Sanctuary Santa Lucia al Sepolcro Church but is now in the Palazzo Bellomo Museum. This is incorrect. The Caravaggio was not moved to the museum 10 years ago. The... More

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Forked River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Going into the Catacombs was indescribable. My aunts and father had played in them as children. The story of Santa Lucia and the beauty of the Basilica was overwhelming.

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Bathurst, Australia
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293 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The main reason to visit this church is the famous painting by Caravaggio. It's worth seeing, but be warned that the church's opening hours are limited (11:00-14:00 when I visited there), and there are people at the door to keep tourists out during masses. Understandable, given that the painting is immediately behind the altar, but it means that when mass... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Amazing on the inside and wonderfully serene and calm. We lit some candles to St Lucia and listened to Mass from the back.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

You rould the corner and there is the church in the middle of the square. Quite amazing. The magnificant chapels within the church. A must see.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Belissimo dipinto di Caravaggio!! Pity its so far away but I understand they are thinking about the safety of this masterpiece!

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Dublin Ireland
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

If you like the work of the great Caravaggio then you must not miss his masterpiece in this church. His use of light and of the canvas is something special.

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