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Good for the history buffs

Went here on my own because I am fainted by historical fortresses. Was pleasantly surprised at the lack of people. Access was restricted to some of the main castle but the chamb e... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Borgloon, Belgium
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

A very interesting ruin of maybe the largest ancient greek fortress in the world. You van walk in the ancient subterranean galeries.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Finding such extensive remains of a 4th century BC castle is really quite rare. Add to this the fact that Thucydides actually described the heights of Epipolai where the castle now sits adds to the magic. The views you will see down to Syracuse and out to sea are the same as those described by that ancient historian. The actual... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

Went here on my own because I am fainted by historical fortresses. Was pleasantly surprised at the lack of people. Access was restricted to some of the main castle but the chamb e rs that fortify the southern most point are interesting at lower levels. Obviously designed for cannon and 180 degree protection against sea borne attack. Worth the 2... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

wasn't going to visit until we read the reviews.glad we did,for a 15 minute drive by bus figured we'd give it a go.we caught the #25 bus from via genone and dropped us off right out front.we were pleasantly surprised about how much to see.walked through the tunnels; kind of creepy so use your cell phone flash light. you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

After couple of disapointed trips found this gem very underestimated Is huge on the tip off ancient Syracuse's fortification beautiful location and show you once again ingenious mind thousands years ago

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Vienna, Austria
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Unique in its complexity and accessibility as a piece of defense architecture from Archimedes’ days. A fantastic panorama in hip-high spring bloom. Non of my friends could resist the spell!

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Victoria, Canada
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Castello Eurialo should be higher up on the list of things to do in Syracuse than it is. As others have noted, this is an important and unusual archaeological site, one of the few examples of Greek fortifications left in the world. On our visit on a sunny afternoon in late March, we shared it with just two other people.... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

If you have a car, this is a short detour from town--about 9 km from Ortygia, and absolutely worth the time. We found it easily with Google maps and the local signposts. There is only one informational placard for what amounts to one of the most important Greek military fortifications left in the world, so read up before you go... More 

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Arlington Heights IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Go with a certified guide who can explain the history of this extraordinary place. The fortress and walls were build by Dionysius the Elder in 402 BC to protect Syracuse. The historian Diodorus writes that Dionysius employed 60,000 workers who completed the fortress and walls in 20 days. I leave it up to you to decide if this is true.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We visited the Castello Eurialo in early June 2014. It lies about five miles from Syracuse proper high on a ridge with magnificent views over the city. It is not well signposted or advertised and that is a pity because it is one of the most interesting sites in the Syracuse area. The fortress was purportedly designed by Archimedes and... More 

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