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Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo

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What a wonderful experience. Others have written all about it so suffice to agree with those who... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Glebebears81
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
Must see!

There is a fascinating history hidden beneath this church- a short tour we found to be a true... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JCWillow
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New England
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Piazza San Filippo, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience. Others have written all about it so suffice to agree with those who record it as an unmissable experience. Descend the three levels, taking into account the little figures drawn by those searching for safety in the WWII bombings.

2  Thank Glebebears81
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a fascinating history hidden beneath this church- a short tour we found to be a true highlight of our visit to Ortigia.

2  Thank JCWillow
Reviewed October 11, 2018

Must-See! This is an unforgettable experience descending down to the 3rd level where the mystical blue pool of crystal water purified by rocks exudes an aura of peace and tranquility.

1  Thank YSTcruiser
Reviewed September 14, 2018

This church offers splendid guided tours of what lies underneath - and is not to be missed, in my humble opinion. First you descend to the crypt, Further down are what appear to be miles of passageways extending in all directions, in which thousands of...More

2  Thank ChinaFanNYC
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

This church allows descent into three levels below the present church. The first stairway takes you to a grotto below the main floor. Below that, down a narrower stair is a Greek-era quarry mine (and bomb shelter during WW2), and a spiral staircase leads to...More

1  Thank MkTrekker
Reviewed September 10, 2018

This church of St Philip is very near the Jewish baths. It is set in a nice little square. You will be guided below to three levels, crypt, wartime bunker and Jewish bath. We were very happy to make a donation. The main church is...More

1  Thank Dfc2007
Reviewed June 25, 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.

2  Thank Pchips
Reviewed May 31, 2018

We happened upon this church and saw a small group going in plus the open steps going down which are in the main doorway. After enquiring we discovered we could be given a guided tour of the catacombs (1 level below), part of the Greek...More

2  Thank Linda G
Reviewed May 22, 2018

The church of San Filippo Apostolo is nice, but, not noteworthy. Except for what is underneath. At the entrance to the church is a steep set of stairs which descend three levels below ground. Take the guided tour, which is free, and discover the ancient...More

2  Thank Bill A
Reviewed October 8, 2017

My wife and I came across this church completely by accident whilst exploring some of the small alleyways in Ortigia. If we are honest, it doesn't look too inspiring from the outside, but is absolutely beautiful inside, and glad we took the time to have...More

1  Thank thetravellingmanUk
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