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Castello Eurialo

Belvedere, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #27 of 60 attractions in Syracuse
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
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Ancona, Italy
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846 reviews 846 reviews
494 attraction reviews
618 helpful votes 618 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Very definitely worth making the effort to go to, for the revelation it gives of the incredible sophistication of classical Greek military engineering. The series of deep defensive ditches, the tunnels in the walls letting defenders move about without being seen… I was amazed. If it's really hot down below, then another reason to go to Eurialo might be for... More

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Island of Malta, Malta
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Located a few kilometres from modern Siracusa, this castle was the key to the walled ancient city. Its construction is unlike later medieval castles, being far more stoutly built. The castle was built and extended over several centuries BC before being handed to the Romans when they politely asked. The early parts of the design are attributed to Archimedes. The... More

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Hobart
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62 reviews 62 reviews
4 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Well worth a visit (take a picnic), on a par with the Archaeological Park. It doesn't seem to attract a large number of visitors which makes it rather more atmospheric. There is virtually no interpretive information, Iweinvanaalst below has given a detailed description which you may want to read before you go. To get there catch AST Bus 25, after... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
58 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I did not find this site from the guide book, map, tour operator or hotel. An English amateur historian during our visit to the Greek Theatre in Syracuse recommended it to me. The castle’s impregnable defences were supposedly designed by Archimedes for King Hieron 11, a Greek, to defend against the Roman army. However apparently the castle commander surrendered when... More

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somerset
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

It takes about 15 minutes to drive from Siracusa and well worth it. Substantially complete footprint of a Greek fortress with underground tunnels. More explanation would be good and it would be worth doing some research before you visit although there is a surprising lack of information on-line http://www.italyguides.it/us/sicily_italy/syracuse/eurialo_castle.htm.

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Holiday, Florida
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45 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Called Castello Eurialo, this is architectural complex formed part of the defensive walls of the city of Siracua. Begun in the late 5th century, a walk through its ruins (without signage) provides a vicarious experience in which one can imagine the catapults and cranes (but, alas, the mirrors are a myth) modified by Archimedes for use against the Romans until... More

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Milan, Italy
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The castle is huge and only partially rebuilt. Worth the visit, little or no crowd. Need more explanation, tough. Avoid summer midday when the sun is at its peak.

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Honolulu
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Kind of hard to get to by public transport, but once you are there, it's neat. Great views over the hills to the sea, the city, etc. Bring your own food and water, there isn't anything to buy nearby (unless that one restaurant at the corner has opened, it was closed when we were there).

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Seattle
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

An easy bus ride from Siracusa to Belvedere as long as you tell the bus driver where you are going. Bus stops in Siracusa can be vague. Castello Eurialo, although not particularly well kept, is a fascinating set of tunnels and turrets that were used to protect the city of Siracusa. An interesting visit if you have the time.

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Perth
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

The current bus service out to this spot is sparse but it is interesting to visit with a surprising amount to see. Take a picnic.

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