SYRACUSE DUOMO: A STORY OF 4 FAITHS, 6 CONQUERORS AND OVER 2500 YEARS OF HISTORY by Elizabeth Salthouse

The home of this layer-cake cathedral is the little island of Ortigia, dangling directly off the seafront of Siracusa. Known locally as the Città Vecchia, or Old City, Ortigia was the easily defensible medieval seat and original birthplace, 2700 years ago, of the metropolis that grew quickly under the ancient Greeks to become the most important city of Magna Graecia, or Greater Greece. In fact, even given the modern urban sprawl of Syracuse, the ancient city was around three times the size of today’s hub, even equaling Athens, with philosopher Cicero describing it as “the greatest Greek city and most beautiful of them all”

 

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