Temple of Apollo - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
About Temple of Apollo
The Temple of Apollo on the island of Ortygia in Siracusa is a Greek temple dating from the 6th century BC. This is the oldest known Doric temple in Western Europe. An inscription says that the temple honors Apollo, but after Cicero came to Syracuse, he wrote that the temple was dedicated to Artemis. is dated to the beginning of the 6th century B.C. and is, therefore, the most ancient Doric temple in Sicily.
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Attractions Near Temple of Apollo
Island of Ortigia
0.35km from Temple of Apollo
Ortigia is the toponym of the island which constitutes the oldest part of the city of Syracuse. Ortygia, being an island just off the coast, was easily transformed into a natural fortress with harbors and was big enough that it could hold a significant population in ancient times. Therefore, the history of Ortygia is synonymous with the early history of Syracuse.
Cathedral of Syracuse
0.47km from Temple of Apollo
The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands on the highest part of the ' island of Ortigia, incorporating what was the main temple sacred in style Doric of the polis of Syrakousai, dedicated to Athena and converted into a church with the advent of Christianity. Considered the most important church in the city of Syracuse, it has become part of the heritage protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
0.74km from Temple of Apollo
The Fonte Aretusa is a mirror of water on the island of Ortigia , in the oldest part of the Sicilian city of Syracuse . Its origin is the development of one of the many outlets of the water table located in the Syracusan area, the aquifer that also feeds the Ciane river on the opposite side of the port. It has a double circular shape, with a circular structure inside, that is a double concentric circle.
1.15km from Temple of Apollo
The Castello di Maniace is a manor house built on the site of a former ancient monastery 1 km east of the centre of the small village of Maniace. Originally, one could only enter the castle over a bridge spanning a moat. A feature of the castle is the decorated portal. Today the castle is open to the public and is a local tourist attraction in Syracuse.
Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi
1.48km from Temple of Apollo
The Regional Archaeological Museum Paolo Orsi in Syracuse is one of the major archaeological museums d ' Europe. The new museum space, entrusted to the architect Franco Minissi who applied modern architectural criteria of museumization. The Museum was inaugurated in January 1988 at Villa Landolina on two exhibition floors of 9,000 m 2, of which initially only one of the floors was open to the public, and a basement of 3,000 m 2, where an auditorium and offices are located.
Syracuse Roman Amphitheater
1.7km from Temple of Apollo
The Roman amphitheater of Syracuse is one of the most representative buildings of the early Roman imperial age. It is located in the archaeological area, which includes the Greek Theater and the altar of Hieron II; its orientation differs from that of the buildings of Neapolis and the theater and probably follows that of the urban plan built in the late classical age and known from the road discovered in the area of the demetriac sanctuary in Piazza Della Vittoria in Acadiana.
Discover More Attractions in Sicily, Home of Temple of Apollo
Sicily is the biggest island in Italy and in the Mediterranean Sea, an amazing land rich in history and traditions, where art and culture intertwine with wonderful natural beauties. From the sea to the mountains and countryside, from the volcanos to the fishing villages, there are really many reasons why to visit Sicily. As Frederick II, King of Sicily, once said: “I don't envy God's paradise, because I'm well satisfied to live in Sicily”.