Duomo Di Siracusa184 Votes Currently Closed
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Duomo Di Siracusa
- Admission fee: Euros 2 per person
How to Reach Duomo Di Siracusa
- 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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Duomo Di Siracusa Reviews & Ratings
This is a great piece of architecture that has a secret inside - it is actually a preserved Greek temple what was converted to a Christian church centuries ago. Inside you can see the perfectly preserved Greek Temple columns and you actually sit inside of the once formal closed in temple area that is now open for Christian purposes. You are forbidden to photograph the ceiling, and for good reason - it is a work of art in and of itself.
Beautiful outside, nice to admire from the cafes opposite. Only a couple of euro to go in and worth it, even though it's not a grand as some cathedrals you get a good sense of the history and how the Cathedral has developed over the years. Also worth checking out the outside at night when it's all lit up (I recommend admiring from a Cafe opposite with a negroni)
The cathedral was beautiful located in a beautiful square called piazza Minerva. The details and its majesty ... there was a wedding inside so I couldn't visit the inside. But everything added a sense of romantic atmosphere. It is located in the heart of Ortigia. Beautiful place.
If you like super old buildings built in to newer but still very old buildings, this is a cracker. 2500 year old temple inside the more recent but still very old duomo. Sort of thing that I like... Perhaps you will too?
Stayed in Siracusa to visit historic buildings and loved every one. Such attention to detail and so beautiful internally and externally