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Inside Duomo di Siracusa

Following on from yesterday’s external view of the magnificent cathedral in Siracusa, let’s step inside.

Duomo di Siracusa, Sicily, September 2021

The cathedral of Siracusa, standing at the heart of Ortygia, was preceded by the Greek Temple of Athena, dating back to the 5th century BC. Its Doric columns have been incorporated in the more recent cathedral, which was constructed by Saint Bishop Zosimo of Syracuse in the 7th century, though much was rebuilt and the façade redesigned after the earthquake in 1693.

The history of this building alone demonstrates why the city of Siracusa has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 8 October 2021

Posted as part of Becky’s PastSquares and its Lines theme

15 replies »

  1. Great selection of pictures and you captured the coolness and tranqullity (almost sterility compared to most Catholic churches in Italy or Spain). Your first picture is my favourite, that lovely long look down the aisle to the altar and the soft coloured walls.

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    • It was all pretty much understated, which I loved, like you. The stained glass windows added a bit of warm light. There were also some rather more garish pink displays of saints’ bones.


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