SYRACUSE, THE GREAT CITY OF MAGNA GRAECIA, FOUNDED IN 734 BC
Now, turn right in via Minerva and reach the majestic Piazza Duomo. This is an elliptical square and here too, you can admire some more beautiful and impressive buildings: Palazzo Vermexio was built in the seventeenth century on the ruins of an archaic Ionic temple and now it is home to the town hall, Palazzo del Bosco Benevento (pic n°6) was rebuilt at the end of the eighteenth century or Bishop's Palace.
Syracuse's Cathedral (Duomo di Siracusa) (pic n°2) is located on the left side. With a Baroque-style façade, it was entirely built on the ruins of the Greek Temple of Athena. Some evidence of it is still visible such as the massive Doric columns along the left aisle, badly damaged by earthquakes.
Keep on walking along Via Pompeo Picherali until you reach the fabled fresh-water Spring of Arethusa (Fonte Aretusa) (pic°5) with its papyrus planted in the middle of it. It is an important place for the inhabitants of Syracuse where to meet and walk along the seaside or simply idle a little bit.
Continue walking towards Castello Maniace located not far from the spring, at the tip of the isle, which will be the final destination of this tour. Maniace Castle (pic n°1) was built by the "great" Frederick II between 1232-40 and named after the Byzantine general George Maniakes. It is an impressive fortification that is surely worth a visit.
In recent years, the castle hosted the 'Ortigia Film Festival', a yearly event devoted to movies, music, theatre and visual arts.
Some pictures of Syracuse:
Ortigia, Maniace Castle (pic n°1); Syracuse's Cathedral (pic n°2); Temple of Apollo (pic n°3); Piazza Archimedes (Archimedes Square) (pic n°4); Spring of Arethusa (Fonte Aretusa) (pic n°5); Palazzo del Bosco Benevento (pic n°6);
Tour: Syracuse, the great city of Magna Graecia, founded in 734 BC
Category: Art City
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Region: Sicily , Italy
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