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Syracuse Cathedral

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Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We entered the cathedral not knowing what to expect, and once inside, we were absolutely captivated by its atmosphere, with the Greek columns of the original temple to Atenea as a basis of the cathedral built later on the same spot. You can also see...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its a but sad that you have to pay for the entry. Despite of that the history of the place is really impressive!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 5, 2018

This impressive cathedral was built around the ancient temple of Athina that was built in 480 BC after the battle of Imera from the tyrrant of Gelon after the win of Greeks against Karthagians. Although the exterior of the church has totally baroque style and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 5, 2018

This is one of the highlights of Ortygia. The cathedral dates back thousands of years and displays Greek, Roman and Baroque architecture and decorations. Do not miss touring this cathedral inside and out.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018

The Cathedral is one of the best example of the conversion of Greek and Roman temples into holy places in Sicily. It was built on the marvellous limestone Temple of Athena in the fifth century BC. In the 800's it became a mosque with the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

The church is very beautiful from the outside. They want you to pay an entrance fee to go inside. There are enough other churches in town that don't charge.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

My favorite spot in all of Ortigia was sitting in the piazza in the evening as the lights came on, displaying the beautiful baroque white exterior of the Duomo. We waited until almost the last day of our visit to Ortigia to go Inside. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

I had the benefit of being the first visitor of the day when I went. Costs 3 euro but money well spent. If honest I prefer the outside to the interior but an awesome place.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ian_dempster
Reviewed November 10, 2018

The cathedral started out as a Greek Doric Temple. The original columns are still visible both inside and out. It was converted into a Mosque in 878, then converted back when the Normans controlled the area. The inside and outside are both architecturally beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank showmemo61
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Enjoyed mass here on a Sunday morning then explored the church. The preserved Greek columns are amazing.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Hello. We are a young couple in our late 20s heading for our honeymoon in Sicily after spending the week prior in Rome & Amalfi Coast. We are looking to relax on the beaches and actively explore through walking Sicilian cities. We are not as interested in exploring museums all day when we get to Sicily. Here is our 7 full day/8 night itinerary. Any suggestions would be appreciated. We are traveling in Sicily mid-September. We will be renting a car. And flying in and from Catania...More
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