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Syracuse Cathedral

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Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Thank wolf3728
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FoodieforShore
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you go no where else while in Ortigia please take time to walk through the cathedral.... it is so beautiful. See the inside during the day but come back to see how pretty at night.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 897luannej
Reviewed November 4, 2018

The Cathedral of Syracuse has 2400 years of history and is a definite 'must-see'. Starting out as a Greek temple it is one of the oldest known Doric monuments. It was built for the tyrant Gelon in the V century BC to thank the goddess...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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