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The cathedral of Syracuse is located on the spot where a place of worship existed in the eighth century BC, a Greek Temple to Athena was constructed in the 5th century BC, and some Doric columns from that temple are incorporated into the cathedral.


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Our 2013 Holiday

In Sicily

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The cathedral dominates Piazza Duomo, which is a large oblong square on the island of Ortigia, and the historic center of Syracuse.


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The Greek Temple to the Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, survived in part the growth of Christianity as Doric columns from that temple were incorporated into the Roman Catholic cathedral.


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Links to Our 2013 Holiday in Sicily


Our first view of Sicily
Mount Etna
More of Mount Etna
The mountain town of Randazzo
More mountain towns
The old town of Siracusa
The Fountain of Diane
Strolling around old town
The Greek Theatre in Syracuse
Villa Romano del Casale
San Cataldo
More of San Cataldo
Valley of the Temples
More Valley of the Temples
Wandering north to Palermo
Palermo Cathedral
Capo Street Market in Palermo
Four Corners & Piazza Pretoria
The Fountain of Shame
Caccamo Castle
The Town of Caccamo
Food Court, Sicilian Style
Palermo Harbor
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