Duomo di Siracusa
Duomo di Siracusa
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  • Jonathan H
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small and perfectly formed!
    Set in a compact arcuate piazza this church is delightfully restrained compared to some. The presence of residual Greek style columns set into the walls of the current building demonstrates continuity of use and location in this delightful Sicilian town. I am not a fan of charging for entry, but €2 is nothing really. Like all Duomo west ends this one is sumptuous too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Adrian G
    Bucharest, Romania607 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Architectural history lesson
    This is a true gem of a building. Initially a Greek temple with doric columns, it was then a Byzantine church, a mosque, a Norman church and now it is a Catholic cathedral. The Greek columns can still be clearly seen both outside and inside. It reminded me of Mezquita of Cordoba, which is a cathedral constructed over a mosque.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
  • genibre69
    London, United Kingdom5,212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a trip inside
    Grand front and relatively plainer interior. But the Doric columns from the ancient temple 🛕 are a fascinating aspect of the interior structure. Also the interior chapel dedicated to Saint Agatha is quite interesting, including a video of the annual procession.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 9, 2024
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe4,753 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A highly decorated baroque church, both inside and outside
    The Duomo of Syracuse is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. The site is very ancient, the Greeks built a Temple on this spot to celebrate the goddess Athene. The first Christian church was built here in the VII. century. It was also rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake and finished in 1753. As there was a wedding inside, we could only catch a glimpse of the baroque interior.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
  • 301lisa33
    Coventry, United Kingdom1,941 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remains of Greek temple
    This cathedral charges an entrance fee. The external façade is very ornate but internally quite austere when you first enter. The decor of the side chapels is fabulous. There is a lovely marble floor. Remains of the preceding Greek temple are evident in the columns internally. Staff were not particularly helpful
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2024
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This majestic cathedral is in the centre of Ortigia. It’s an impressive building outside and it’s worth to visit inside, too. The entrance fee is 2 euros, with Teacher’s card is free. Inside we saw the the remains of the sanctuary of Athena from 5th century B.C. The cathedral has a special atmosphere. My favourite part was the baptistery with the baptismal font (5th century B.C).
Written February 11, 2023
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Debabrata G
Mumbai, India576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
We took a bus tour from Taormina where we were staying. There are buses which leave from the main bus terminal in Taormina - sometime in the morning and do a full day tour of Syracuse. The cathedral is a lovely sight. One needs to be appropriately dressed to enter the cathedral. We went in July (not the best month to be in Sicily), but the whole trip was worth it. The inside of the cathedral is very calm and serene - inside is beautiful. One can easily spend an hour there.
Written May 28, 2023
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Jonathan H
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Set in a compact arcuate piazza this church is delightfully restrained compared to some. The presence of residual Greek style columns set into the walls of the current building demonstrates continuity of use and location in this delightful Sicilian town. I am not a fan of charging for entry, but €2 is nothing really.
Like all Duomo west ends this one is sumptuous too.
Written September 26, 2023
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1991KEB
Navarre, FL1,534 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had a tour guide show us telling us the blending of this Duomo. Most everything is an easy walking distance on the island of Ortegea and it is stepped in cultured history. Started with the Greeks then Roman's, the Bisi ten empire, Arabs from Africa, the Norman's ending with the statehood in the Italian Republic.
Written September 20, 2021
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK22,648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The cathedral stands in the city's historic core on Ortygia Island. The interior of the church, a nave and two aisles, combine rustic walls and Baroque details. Features include a font with marble basin dating from the 12th or 13th century. The beauty of the Cathedral is dominated by its charming Baroque facade which is not typical for may Italian Churches which tend to concentrate of the beauty of the interior. Walking down the right aisle, the Doric columns are alternated with two awesome chapels decorated in marble and embellished with Baroque ornaments. Behind the main altar stands the painting of Virgin Mary Nativity, probably realized by Giacinto Brandi. It is the a must when visiting this lovely little island.
Written May 29, 2023
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,941 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This cathedral charges an entrance fee. The external façade is very ornate but internally quite austere when you first enter. The decor of the side chapels is fabulous. There is a lovely marble floor. Remains of the preceding Greek temple are evident in the columns internally. Staff were not particularly helpful
Written May 7, 2024
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genibre69
London, UK5,212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Grand front and relatively plainer interior. But the Doric columns from the ancient temple 🛕 are a fascinating aspect of the interior structure. Also the interior chapel dedicated to Saint Agatha is quite interesting, including a video of the annual procession.
Written April 9, 2024
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Leif B
Pietarsaari, Finland2,972 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We were on guided tour to Syracusa and visited this amazing cathedral. You can still see that the origins of the church dates backs to a prehistoric temple. The great Greek Temple of Athena was built in the 5th century BC on this site. The temple was a Doric edifice with six columns on the short sides and 14 on the long sides. You can still see the columns both inside and outside. The church was rather dark inside, but still amazing.
Written June 5, 2023
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Kevin D
38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Sorry, I know everything about Ortigia is supposed to be magical or whatever but I was very disappointed in my visit here. I have been to probably 40 cathedrals and this one ranks near the bottom. Not trying to be insulting or mean, but I was just very unimpressed with this place.
Written January 1, 2020
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Isabel C
Macae, RJ108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
They took an ancient greek temple and made it into a Catholic Church (not the first time you hear catholics doing somlike that), so you will see the doric columns around... That said, it’s a beautiful church anyway, simple and elaborate at the same time. Worth a visit!
Written January 10, 2020
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