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Address: Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Historic Church

Lots of history here. The cathedral was built incorporating columns and foundation from the ancient Temple of Athena and you notice right away. Some good art inside. Very... read more

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of history here. The cathedral was built incorporating columns and foundation from the ancient Temple of Athena and you notice right away. Some good art inside. Very grand. An homage to St. Lucia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cathedral was built in the 7th century AD over the great temple of Athena. The temple was built in the 5th century BC by the ancient Greeks and was a Doric building with 6 columns on the short side and 14 on the long side; these were incorporated in the current church and can still be seen today. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is really amazing, the cathedral has been built around a Greek temple. As you,walk around the Cathedral you can see the enormous pillars from the original Greek temple. You can get a feeling of what it may have been like in the original building. The Cathedral is stunning too, and really worth a visit. We paid to go in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't miss the temple in the main square of Syracuse - wonderful eclectic mix of different architectural styles demonstrating the history of the building dating well BC. A miracle it still stands.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow - A temple to Athena, a mosque and a baroque church - this building oozes history. Do not miss the tiny museum to Santa Lucia (Lucia of Syracuse 283–304) behind the baptismal font with its collection of beautiful dedications to the Saint and a video which gives you a taste of the Saint Day celebrations held on December 13.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Extremely interesting. There's a small entry fee, well worth it. I don't know else too say about it, except that it's worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a compendium of how a building can be adapted by different civilization. The original temple of Athena, with its doric columns are still visible, and superposed are constructions of different architectural styles built by the Phoenicians and the Spaniards. The facade is a typical recent baroque and mixes well with the square, considered one of the best in... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

the gods have changed but the site has remained the same. A greek temple built on the site of a prehistoric temple in 5th cent BC, then the temple was changed to a Church 7th cent AD. A must see.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

apart from the old columns and some nice stained glass it was just a nice church - i think that they open the crypt - but we didnt go nice steps to sit on and watch the world go by

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

One of the most beautiful Piazza in Italy. The Cathedral is breathtaking with a hidden Gem, inside revealed the Greek Temple of Athena. The Piazza seems a Commercial spot. Bars, building around very elegant. The city itself very Romantic. Definitely not a mass tourism destination!

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