Duomo Di SiracusaCurrently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- Address: Piazza Duomo, Ortigia, 4 – Siracusa, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
- Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +39-093165328
- Ticket Price: 2 EUR
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Cathedral
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage, the Duomo di Siracusa was formerly a Greek temple that dated back to the 5th century BC. The present Byzantine church dates back to the 7th century and still holds archaeological insights into its origins.
The early 20th century excavations of the place uncovered many historic artefacts (including pre-Hellenic objects) that can be seen at the Museo archeologico regionale Paolo Orsi. However, even today, a visit to the gorgeous Church is sure to send you shooting into historic times recreated by the intricate baroque elements, rustic walls, delicate work seen on the pillars and beautiful pulpits that adorn its interiors.
What is special about the church that it was stransformed into a Mosque for a short while in the 9th century and was changed to a church again in 1085. Every transformation of the place is somehow still preserved in its structure and if you look closely, you can find a seamless merge of all of its history in its architecture.
Highlights of the place include:
- Marabitti, statue of the Virgin
- Ancient columns of the Temple of Athena worked into the current architecture.
- Stained glass window at the St Lucia Chapel.
- Admission fee: Euros 2 per person
- By Bus: at Interbus Spa (3.2 kilometers away)
- By Train: Siracusa Train station (3.2 kilometers away)
- On Foot
- By renting electrical bicycle/ bike/ scooter/ car
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95% of people who visit Syracuse include Duomo Di Siracusa in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
29.03% of people start their Duomo Di Siracusa visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Duomo Di Siracusa
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As far as the externals go it's amazing a fusion of Roman/ Greek architecture converted into a cathedral, pretty stunning. Only gets 4 stars because inside it's been restored in a fairly average way. I wouldn't pay the 2 euros to go in unless you love seeing crypts and some old bones.
Don't miss seeing this place. The interesting thing is that they have built the church inside the shell of the old Greek temple, so you can see the columns and internal walls from the original building. There is a side chapel set aside for prayer, so you can have some time with God and for quiet and peace. Also go to Santa Lucia close by to see the Caravaggio painting.
Beautiful Cathedral with lots of things to see. You can't get in with tanktops or clothing lacking sleeves, but jackets are provided if necessary. The entrance fee is just €2,00 and it's very much worth the money that you spend on it. You enter in the great hall seeing various artworks, statues and religious items that are still very beautiful after all those years. Organ music is often played and this adds a whole other level to the experience. Even if you are not religious this place will almost send you over the edge of believing. It is a true sight to behold and you will feel very in tune with your own spirituality.
one of the most beautiful place in the world.
Beautiful cathedral. As a catholic, I hated how I had to pay to get in. I had to pay and entrance fee to pray in the church. Horrible. To top it off, there were some kids outside kicking a football around. I witnessed one of the kids kick it really hard almost hitting a tourist. Shortly after, they hit me. What the hell is wrong with these rude kids?