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The cathedral of Syracuse is located on the most elevated part of the island Ortigia, incorporating what was a temple dedicated to Athena (Minerva) - Athena, daughter of Zeus, was the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, waving, war and in generally of handicrafts -. The temple of Athena, in Doric style, was erected in the 5BC century by the tyrant Gelo, after the victory against Carthagians at the Battle of Himera (480BC).
In the 7th century the temple was transformed into the church, by order of Bishop Zosimus. The church, of Byzantine forms, was dedicated to the Nativity of Mary and embraced the colonnade of the temple on the outside walls, while in most interior walls of the old cell were opened eight arches on each side, in order to create a building with three naves, each one closed with the apse at the end.

Address: Piazza Duomo
Phone: 0931 090580
Website: http://www.siracusaturismo.net/scheda.asp?ID=2

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