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Ortigia's most impressive architecture belongs to its Baroque period and nowhere does this reach such heights as in the city's loveliest square, Piazza del Duomo. It has been gloriously restored, and the traffic kept out, so the 17th and 18th buildings are now seen at their best.
The absolute highlight of the piazza is the Duomo (the Cathedral). The building contains influences form various cultures: Greek, Byzantine, Arabic and Norman. Once it was the Greek temple of Athena and the original Doric columns from the 5th century BC are still visible. The wall above the columns along Via Minerva, with battlements, is originally Norman, while the fancy Baroque facade was a replacement after the 1693 earthquake.
Inside the Duomo you can see more evidence of the temple origins of the building and more of the original structure. Even more extraordinary is the altar built by the Siculi three centuries earlier, the only surviving evidence of the island's first settlers. A small room by the exit is a shrine to St. Lucia, the patron saint of Siracusa, and contains the offerings to the saint, as well as the usual relics.
Duomo became one of the Siracusa's most visited sights and it is open daily 8am-noon and 4pm-7pm (closes at 6pm in winter).
Address: Piazza del Duomo
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