Itinerary B

[5]The cathedral’s superb façade, between chiaroscuro and contrast

In the extreme exuberance of its shapes and the richness of its decorations, the façade of the Cathedral of Syracuse offers itself up as a poem of curves and volutes. Its dramatic architectural style is dominated by playfulness and the fluidity of lines, and produces the typical feeling of the “joie de vivre”. La Cattedrale di SiracusaThe façade appears to be moved by a complex geometry in the alternation of concave and convex elements that enhance the scenographic effects and chiaroscuro motifs. The façade is enriched by columns detached from the wall, which emphasise the central part of the façade and create “superb” games of light and shadow.