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Basilica Santa Lucia al Sepolcro

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Address: Piazza Santa Lucia, 96100 Siracusa, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Should not be missed in the context of a stay in syracuse

The cult of Lucia was new to me but very interesting and this is well worth look as part of taking in the history of the area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2015
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cambridgeshire
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

The cult of Lucia was new to me but very interesting and this is well worth look as part of taking in the history of the area.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The Caravaggio is placed on a wall well behind the altar, which in turn has a gap between it and where the public can stand. Take your binoculars if you want to have a good look at the painting.

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England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The guided tour, in English and Italian, includes the chapel where St Lucy was allegedly buried, the extensive catacombs with traces of Byzantine frescos and evidence of their use as shelters in WW2, and the main church, allegedly on the site of the martyrdom of the Saint. Sadly the famed Caravaggio is no longer in the church, I hope it... More 

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2 Thank MsRiley
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The painting of st Lucy done by Caravaggio.is a highlight of this church but there is no much more to see there.

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2 Thank Josephine A
Aiken, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It is unfortunate that the basilica is overshadowed by the Duomo that's in the same square as it is as beautiful in the inside as the Duomo is on the outside. Although small compared to the Duomo, the interior has beautiful paintings and small chapels. It is also free.

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3 Thank SCBill
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Firstly there seems to be some confusion here, there are two churches dedicated to Saint Lucia in Siracusa, the picture and most of the reviews refer to Santa Lucia alla Badia in piazza duomo, the heading refers to the basilica Santa Lucia. I didn't get into the basilica itself but I visited the chapel next to it and the catacombs.... More 

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7 Thank Margaret A
surrey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Recommended to visit the church to see a Caravaggio we did so. The church itself is much like any other in Italy, the painting in a dark area and some distance from the viewer.Main recollection was of a man with an enormous behind and a female lying on the floor.I don't think it is noted as one of his best... More 

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

All the tour books and sights we looked at to prepare for the trip to Syracuse state that the Caravaggio painting of the burial of Santa Lucia once hung at the Sanctuary Santa Lucia al Sepolcro Church but is now in the Palazzo Bellomo Museum. This is incorrect. The Caravaggio was not moved to the museum 10 years ago. The... More 

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Forked River, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Going into the Catacombs was indescribable. My aunts and father had played in them as children. The story of Santa Lucia and the beauty of the Basilica was overwhelming.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Amazing on the inside and wonderfully serene and calm. We lit some candles to St Lucia and listened to Mass from the back.

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