"Siracusa Cathedral" Duomo - Temple of Athena - Tempio di Atena Tip by Sjalen

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The cathedral had to be visited since it houses the chapel of St Lucia who is the saint of the blind, but moreover, she is celebrated in Sweden every 13 December with processions and singing. Why this happens in Sweden is under debate but of course I was interested in seeing what her chapel would look like. It is strangely enough in this "duomo" and not in the nearby St Lucia alla Badia church just across the square. What I found was a shrine with some of her (?) bones, a picture of the pope and some of all those electrical lights, so popular instead of candles in Italian churches these days. It reminded me funnily enough of the battery lights little children carry in the Swedish procession!

The cathedral facade is gorgeous and from the 18th century but the cathedral is much older. Originally on the site of a temple to Athena as many other things on this island, it was turned into a church in the 7th century.

Address: Piazza Duomo
Directions: Another "impossible to miss" thing on Ortygia.
Phone: +39 0931 090580
Website: http://www.siracusaturismo.net/scheda.asp?ID=2

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 1, 2004
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