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Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena)

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Address: Piazza Duomo | Ortigia, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Very interesting cathedral

This ancient catholic church, stands in the place of an old temple of Athena and than was converted into a mosque and than back with Normans. It is included in Unesco world... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Barbara M
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This ancient catholic church, stands in the place of an old temple of Athena and than was converted into a mosque and than back with Normans. It is included in Unesco world heritage site.

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Fullerton, California, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've seen a lot of great churches throughout Europe, but this is the only one that I have seen which is built over a Greek temple. It's really cool to see the layers of time and history. The history of this church is the history of Sicily. You can research the entire history of an island through this one building.

Thank Zootarts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This cathedral is a masterpiece of the human kind. Survived in the waves of centuries, it still stands proudly! AMAZING! A must see attraction for not only history lovers!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The duomo was originally the Temple of Athena, built in the fifth century BC and incorporated into the cathedral walls in due course. It is a truly unique place of worship.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so many baroque churches in Italy that they begin to merge in your mind. This one is different in one important way--it incorporates a doric Greek temple in a wonderful way.

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Minsk, Belarus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We first visited the square and the cathedral during Santa Lucia day. And it was so special and so moving! Later we crossed the square during the night - very nice illumination highlights unforgettable architecture. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

If you are aware of Syracuse's past glory in the days when it was fought over by the Greeks and later the Romans, you will want to see this cathedral. The ancient columns of the Temple of Athena are there to see along with parts of the original walls. Stand quietly, and you might imagine when this place was visible... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Lots of history here. The cathedral was built incorporating columns and foundation from the ancient Temple of Athena and you notice right away. Some good art inside. Very grand. An homage to St. Lucia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This cathedral was built in the 7th century AD over the great temple of Athena. The temple was built in the 5th century BC by the ancient Greeks and was a Doric building with 6 columns on the short side and 14 on the long side; these were incorporated in the current church and can still be seen today. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is really amazing, the cathedral has been built around a Greek temple. As you,walk around the Cathedral you can see the enormous pillars from the original Greek temple. You can get a feeling of what it may have been like in the original building. The Cathedral is stunning too, and really worth a visit. We paid to go in... More 

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