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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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This very ancient church - originally a Greek temple - is a great lesson in Italian practical architecture. It was originally a temple to Athena dating back to the 5th century BC... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This very ancient church - originally a Greek temple - is a great lesson in Italian practical architecture. It was originally a temple to Athena dating back to the 5th century BC. Never mind that it was pagan. The locals wanted a church, there was a good structure standing there, so they just used it and adapted it to their... More 

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Clifton Park, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Cathedral is located in the Piazza Duomo which is within walking distance from any place that you are staying in Ortigia.

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cathedral Siracusa is located in a lovely, elegant square facing the Palace and above the harbour. It is Baroque style with an ancient temple. The façade is very distinctive and a good landmark. There is an ornate, baroque alter with gilt carvings and frescos, and some lovely ornate side alters which contrasts with the fairly stark walls and columns some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If in Syracuse, you have to go here. Walk up hill from the square (towards the sea) where the Temple of Apollo ruins are and you will find the cathedral. It is constructed over an ancient temple and you can see the where ancient pillars have been built between to form the outside walls. Inside there are more pillars from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn't spoil my experience by looking at photographs prior to seeing it myself and the surprise was worth it. Such a beautiful place and atmosphere!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide took us into this truly beautiful Cathedral and had us inthralled with the story of the patron saint of Syracuse, Sainta Lucia. Lucia was born blind and at the age of 14 she was betrothed in marriage which she didn't want. As a result she was beheaded and became the Saint of the Blind. There is a battle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The baroque facade is similar to other Cathedrals - another city, another cathedral. What is special about this one is that within, it contains the shell of a Greek temple - you can see the columns from the temple expressed in the walls. Recycling Sicilian style. The scary thing is that some of the columns on one side are off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit for the sight of an ancient Greek temple embedded within a Catholic Cathedral located in the nice Piazza Duomo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s a MUST if you are in Syracuse. The Square of the Cathedral Dome is unique and you can appreciate all the time. The best thing to do is going there in day and coming back in the night. You can enjoy the atmosphere walking and seeing the magnificent palace all around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best cathedral in our opinion, compared to the ones in Noto, Ragusa and Modica. Lovely setting too, with places to admire the exterior while having a coffee.

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