Ortigia

Inside the Cathedral of Ortygia

Today, the church is a three-nave basilica. The main nave has a wooden roof hidden by a coffered ceiling, while the side naves are covered by stonework barrel vaults.
Along the right nave, the rhythm of the Doric columns is interrupted by a series of side chapels covered with marble and embellished with Sicilian Baroque stuccoes.
The chapel of the baptistery houses a baptismal font and some mosaics from the Norman period; the chapel of Santa Lucia is where the statue of St. Lucia is kept; the chapel of the Sacrament features a ciborium by Luigi Vanvitelli and a Greek krater (large vase) transformed into a baptismal font brought to the church in the sixth century AD; finally, at the end of the nave is the chapel of the Crucifix, which houses a panel (attributed to Antonello da Messina) depicting St. Zosimus . In 1659 Giovanni Vermexio created a magnificent Baroque altar in the presbytery.Navata CentraleThe altar table consists of a monolith from the ancient temple of Athena, while in the background a painting depicting the Nativity of Mary is the work of Agostino Scilla.
At the end of the left nave there is a Byzantine apse where La Madonna della neve by Antonello Gagini from 1512 is kept.

Neapolis from past to present

The Gladiator performances

The functions of Castello Maniace

The Greek Theatre of Syracuse

Crypt of San Marciano

The Roman Amphitheatre

Byzantine Pantalica

The Dionysian Walls: a masterpiece of Greek engineering

The Church of San Giovanni alle Catacombe

The Euryalus Fortress

The cultural significance of tragedy

The Museion and the Grotta del Ninfeo

Traces of Christianity in Syracuse

The catacombs of San Giovanni

Syracuse during the tyranny of Dionysius

The Church of St. Lucia to the Abbey

Where seas and civilisations meet

The Senatorial Palace

Piazza del Duomo, a sacred place of the ancient Greeks

Giudecca, the hidden Jewish heart of Syracuse

Ortygia. Venus rising from the waters of the port

The Altar of Hieron II: Blood and fire place

The Culture of Pantalica

The Ear of Dionysius and the Grotta dei Cordari

Castello Maniace

Legends and magic echoes in the Latomie of Syracuse

Temple of Apollo

Inside the Cathedral of Ortygia

Pantalica: where nature and history merge

Roman Syracuse, a military power thanks to the genius of Archimedes

The Cathedral of Syracuse

The Venationes

The architecture of the Piazza

The Spanish fortification

King Hyblon’s kingdom: Pantalica, between history and legend

The Athenaion of the tyrant Gelon

The Jews, a wandering people