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Castello Eurialo

Address: Belvedere, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #29 of 57 Attractions in Syracuse
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

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Arlington Heights IL
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88 reviews 88 reviews
62 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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14 helpful votes 14 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Having missed out on the opportunity for some underground tunnel walking in Ortigia (Ipogeo del Duomo) due to unexpected closure and the Catacombs of San Giovanni due to not having the time, we decided to get our fix at the Euralyus Castle on the outskirts of Siracusa. Despite failure of GPS in identifying the place it was not hard to... More 

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Ancona, Italy
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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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51 helpful votes 51 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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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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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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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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51 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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52 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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