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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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Visited here en route to Malta in August 2016. The cathedral is built on the site of a Roman Temple to Athena dated 5BC. The inside colums from the Temple are the foundation of... read more

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

Visited here en route to Malta in August 2016. The cathedral is built on the site of a Roman Temple to Athena dated 5BC. The inside colums from the Temple are the foundation of the more modern church. The contrast is truly amazing. Recommended for anyone visiting Sicily.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is great feeling when you relies that you are inside an ancient Temple. The facade of the church is great and inside on the right side there is a great chapel for St. Lucia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very interesting. Here you can experience the history of Sicily in one single building. A place of worship for so many different cultures. First a greek temple for Athene 3000 thousand years ago, later a Minerva temple when the romans arrived. The collumns can be seen on the outer northern wall and are well kept inside. it became a christian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This review refers to a 5 BC Doric temple on which base and columns the present Cathedral stands. It's fascinating and sad at the same time, seeing that 2500 years old columns still in service today, but mixed and adjoined to later built structures, so one can only guess how it looked like.

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On entering the Duomo we had expected colour and painting as experienced in other locations, but this is really understated. It is, nevertheless, awe inspiring and beautiful. We revisited a number of times and never failed to observe something different. The exterior is beautiful too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This cathedral in Ortigia, is outside very beautiful. It takes a big part of the piazza. Inside is less interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This cathedral is beautiful to look at inside and out.For a €2 entry fee,you can look around inside.When we visited,preparations were well under way for a wedding,and the flowers were spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Duomo/Santa Maria delle Colonne is constructed upon the Temple of Athena which was built 5th century BC. The temple would have measured 56 metres x 22 metres and had 14 columns down the sides and 6 front and back, the façade of the Duomo is actually the back of the temple. The temple was converted into a church in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The columns of the Greek temple dedicated to Athena are incoporated into the cathedral. You need to pay an entry fee of 2 Euors per person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cathedral in Syracuse, one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Definitely the most beautiful detail of the Duomo square. Inside the cathedral see the real art of the painter as well as style Catholic cathedral but also frescoes from the Byzantine times that are quite preserved. Admission is $ 2. Be sure to visit.

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