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Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena)

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Address: Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Must see! Stunning structure on a beautiful Ortigia! Maybe one of top 3 places in the whole Sicily! Cultural spot, beautiful mixture of different styles... don't miss this if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Must see! Stunning structure on a beautiful Ortigia! Maybe one of top 3 places in the whole Sicily! Cultural spot, beautiful mixture of different styles... don't miss this if you are around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting history which wasn't expecting, also a cool respite from heat of day. Read up first to make most of what you see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During our six-week trip through Italy, we've seen more than a few cathedrals. The Siracusa Duomo stands out for a number of reasons: Age - when Chartres Cathedral was being reared, this had already been a place of worship for 1,700 years; Architecture - fascinating incorporation of the Greek temple into the Norman church into the baroque splendor. I went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not normally a church persona but this was so beautiful on the outside we went in what we found was a cathedral early 1500s. The outside was really well kept up. Cost €2 per adult.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cathedral has very interesting history. It's an old temple that has been turned to a cathedral. Temple pillars can still be seen especially inside of the cathedral. You can really feel the history inside the building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful piece of architecture in a beautiful sun kissed square, a fantastic place to while away the hours

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you get the chance, so see the inside of this cathedral, especially if there is a service. Lovely atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This will blow your mind if you have sharp eyes and spot that it was a greek temple first before the layers of church went on. We attended the Thursday 7pm mass and the pastor invited people to read passages out of the bible (if you can read and speak Italian). It was lovely and not something we would have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Impresive Cathedral build on the structure and columns of and old Greek Temple. Impresive walls and central part of the building. Beautiful Chapels on the right side of the Cathedral. Located in a central Square in the old City of Syracuse with plenty of monuments to visit in the sorroundings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The cathedral was built in the 7th century over the Temple of Athena (5th century BC). It uniquely incorporates the temple's Greek columns with the traditional church nave. No where else will you see a working church utilizing a pagan structure. The plaza in front of the church offers restaurants, gift shops, and an opportunity to feel the exuberance of... More 

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