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Basilica Santa Lucia al Sepolcro

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Address: Piazza Santa Lucia, 96100 Siracusa Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Guided tour of the catacombs and churches.

The guided tour, in English and Italian, includes the chapel where St Lucy was allegedly buried, the extensive catacombs with traces of Byzantine frescos and evidence of their use... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2014
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England
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The guided tour, in English and Italian, includes the chapel where St Lucy was allegedly buried, the extensive catacombs with traces of Byzantine frescos and evidence of their use as shelters in WW2, and the main church, allegedly on the site of the martyrdom of the Saint. Sadly the famed Caravaggio is no longer in the church, I hope it... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The painting of st Lucy done by Caravaggio.is a highlight of this church but there is no much more to see there.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction 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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201 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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