Temple Of Apollo , Syracuse
Temple Of Apollo , Syracuse - Address
Address: Piazza Pancali, Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Time Required: 00:30 Mins
Timings: 24-hrs Details
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About Temple Of Apollo , Syracuse
The Temple of Apollo dates back to 6th century BC and is the oldest Greek temple in Sicily and the second oldest in the world. Over the course of history, the temple was transformed into a Byzantine church, a Mosque and into a Norman church. However, today, its ruins embrace its varied history and even though only two of its original 22 columns stand tall, the scattered ruins still manage to spin a rustic charm for its curious visitors. Originally, the shorter side used to have 6 columns and the longer side had 17 columns and a second row of columns were laid down before the pronaos (that represented the front section of the church).
A short walk around the ruins and you can spot the fences on the west and south side. You can also find the remains of a tower on the west side of the structure that dates back to the Byzantine era.
Highlights of the place include:
- The inscription on the steps on the east side that say the temple is dedicated to Apollo.
- Arabic inscriptions that date back to the time when the place was transformed into a Mosque
Temple Of Apollo Ticket Prices
- Admission to the place is free of cost.
How To reach Temple Of Apollo by Public Transport
- Bus: at Interbus Spa (3.8 kilometers away)
- Train: Siracusa Train station (3.8 kilometers away)
- On Foot
- By renting electrical bicycle/ bike/ scooter/ car
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Agreed with previous post that yhere was not much signage for the ruins. Easy visible, but not a lot to look at.
I tried to imagine myself living there. Wonderful experience. A guided tour would have been worthwhile.
When surrounded by ruins and incredible architecture of every period known to our civilization, a scruffy city center fenced off square is never going to be impressive. Unfortunately, that is all there is to be found here. If you stumble upon it you will probably be less disappointed than the person who had deliberately set out in search of something memorable. But don't stop here, take the bus to Neapolis.
Some nice parts of the temple in the park. Unfortunately you can not walk into it. Good view tough. Nice area. Market, bars and shops.
Nicely preserved ruins and an interesting story behind them. Look for the inscription on a step for the architects name.