Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo

Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo

Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Frances W
Pensacola, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a unique and interesting find! We peeked in to check it out and came back for the tour. We were so glad we did! The history and wall images and drawings were so unexpected! We loved hearing the stories about the ancient ritual baths, crypts, and caverns where people hid during World War II. What a treasure!
Written December 24, 2021
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Riko1
Glasgow, UK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Guided tours running frequently during the day with passionate and well knowledged guides. Every layer of the church you visit has a special story to tell. It is an incredible testimony of local history! Definitely a site to visit!
Written November 3, 2022
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel15,902 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
You will probably miss it.
It doesn't look like a top spot, a fomo place, a not to miss, an impressive attraction. It is not big like the Duomo, Ortigia Cathedral, it is not located in a easy to get to spot like on Piazza Duomo, it is not on your way to Maniace Castle.
But still you should make time for this once a Synagogue Church and go out of the usual paths to visit it.
Written April 2, 2020
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Tuesday_Moon8
Martinez, CA150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023
We visited this spot to see the tunnels under the church and to see the old Jewish ritual baths. You have to do a tour and they run every half hour. There is a schedule in the church vestibule. There is no cost but they appreciate a donation so we gave €10.
Written September 19, 2023
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AlbertKatz
Ontario, Canada92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
I've written another TripAdvisor review of the mikvak (Jewish ritual bath) now situated under a hotel in the old Jewish quarter of Ortigia. The information provided in that visit was that their's was the only mikvah in the city. But that is not correct. There is one you can find in the fine church of St Philip the Apostle also in the old Jewish quarter that had been built over an earlier Jewish synagogue. The interior of the church is nice but really a "poor cousin" to the more ornate Sicilian baroque churches found elsewhere. I liked it's clean lines, and the artistic crypt--empty-to signify the ascension. However, the gem is what is underneath the church. When my wife and I arrived the priest told us that they were closing up for lunch but to come back later. They have tours every hour or so. On returning we, and four other people, were brought down some rock steps to level 1, which had served as catacombs for the rich of the city during the middle ages. Some wall frescoes were still available. Next we went down another set of stone stairs to large underground walkway built by the ancient Greeks to bring water as aquaducts for the city. It was used as a bomb shelter in WWII, with graffiti on the wall--including the last one depicting the English parachuters who were liberating the city. This level is amazing-a virtual street way under the current city, ending at various current streets above ground. The ancient cistern is still intact. Finally, more stone steps and with a rope hand rail we were brought to the lowest level, the remains of the ancient synagogue, and here one sees a single mikvah, still being fed by fresh water from the spring that made Siracusa an attractive place for the ancient Corinthians to set up a colony. The guide was a volunteer (in our case a woman who worked for the church) and was very knowledgable in describing the features of each level and in answering questions. There is no set cost for taking the tour though a donation to the church, though not demanded, is expected and well worth it.. A great short excursion of about 30 minutes, worthy of a visit. Highly recommend
Written July 7, 2019
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Stephanie192014
Glasgow, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
We happened to be having coffee across the road and noticed this church with free visits to the crypts. So glad we chose to visit. You are given a hard hat and led down stairs to the Jewish crypt and then deeper to where the people sheltered during the Second World War bombing. The place is enormous. You go even deeper to the ancient Jewish baths. It's just a short tour but well worth hunting it out.
Written July 4, 2016
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Carissima Stephanie, grazie di cuore per la tua recensione. Sono felice che tu abbia scelto di provare questa esperienza nei sotterranei della chiesa, fino al bagno ebraico, e ne sia rimasta entusiasta. La tua recensione ci ha entusiasmato molto! Maria Santissima protegga sempre la tua vita!
Written August 31, 2016
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annegarrow1
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
What a surprise. We stepped into the Chiesa San Filippo after pasing a number of times over the last few days and noticing the free tours on the half hour to the crypt. With white helmets on head, and with no idea of what was ahead, down we went with our guide to the first level, a buriel crypt for a family. Quite spooky with skulls and in Latin above the doorway of two tombs - what you are now we once were, what we are now, you will be. Then our guide took us down another stone staircase, to an area which was once a Greek cave and served as a bomb shelter in world war 2. A Roman well was also present at that level and long tunnels lead off to another church and the coast. Further down another set of stairs and we arrived at a cleansing bath used by Jewish inhabitants until the Middle Ages. Incredible to experience layer on layer of history and habitation below this church. Highly recommend it.
Written June 16, 2016
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Carissima Anne, che gioia poter ricevere questa tua recensione! Ci lusinga e ci gratifica ed è importante per me sapere che non sei rimasta delusa da questa esperienza! Ti auguro ogni bene, possa il Signore accompagnarti sempre nel cammino della vita!
Written August 31, 2016
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Feefifofum40
Oxford, UK134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
So thrilled we stopped and enjoyed a tour of this church and it's incredible history. We were taken round by a delightful gentleman who, although sometimes struggled with his Engilsh, went to great trouble to give us the history of the church. Steep steps to tackle though so be aware.
Written October 6, 2019
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Peggymac1
Syracuse, Italy127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This Ortigia church offers several tours daily except Sunday. (Morning tours in English). After taking in the beauty of the nave on street level, we were led down a stone staircase to the floor immediately below to the crypt and ossuary, with frescoes still clearly visible, and an altar some further steps below.
Descending to the next level was a bomb shelter. A labyrinth consisting of 2 kilometres of tunnels protected 10,000 local inhabitants during WWII.
The third, winding stone staircase below street level ended in the purification bath used when a synogogue occupied the site during the medieval period.
We recommend this interesting church highly. Donations, freewill offering at the end of the tour.
Written April 2, 2019
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Pchips
Vancouver, Canada156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
By donation tour. Highly recommend. Very fascinating . There is a crypt, Greek tunnels and a Jewish ritual bath. I paid 5 euros per person much better than the other ritual bath tour.
Written June 25, 2018
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