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Duomo di Ortigia, gioiello di Siracusa

Syracuse Cathedral, a jewel on the island of Ortigia

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Holy Mary, commonly known as just the Syracuse cathedral

Sicily’s glorious past provides episodes and events that are rich in culture, art and traditions, authentic treasures handed down during centuries. In Syracuse, on the highest part of the island of Ortigia stands the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Nativity of the Holy Mary, commonly known as just the Syracuse cathedral. With the advent of Christianity, what was once a temple became a church and is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Baroque and Rococo are the predominant styles of this crucial and historical work known across the globe. Inside the cathedral we experience a long historical and artistic journey that goes from medieval times to enriching itself with the classical style of a precious monument jealously kept inside: the temple of Athena. Outside, the cathedral offers a fantastic view with two majestic Doric columns and a Baroque facade.

Inside the Syracuse cathedral, tourists can marvel at the statues of Saint Catherine, the blessed Virgin and Child and Saint Lucy

Inside the Syracuse cathedral, tourists can marvel at the statues of Saint Catherine, the blessed Virgin and Child and Saint Lucy. On the only apse we find the Madonna della Neve, sculpted with Carrara marble by Antonello Gagini.

The chapel dedicated to Saint Lucy is a beautiful work inside which it is possible to admire the simulacrum of the Saint; the priceless frescoes that decorate it are fairly recent, and depict scenes from the Old Testament.

The Syracuse cathedral is a unique monument in the heart of the city

The Syracuse cathedral of is a unique monument in the heart of the city, its history being quite long and tortuous. In former times the cathedral was decorated with gold and ivory, marbles and precious canvases, before being plundered by Verre. Today, some remains of that enormous wealth embellish the “Paolo Orsi” Regional Archaeological Museum in Syracuse.

Celebrated by its spectacular beauty, this corner of Sicily finds its apex in the typical products, representing a true art deeply connected with the urban landscape.

Vicerè Sicily’s mission is to pass on the tradition and preserve the authentic flavours of Sicily

The true taste of Sicily can be found in the typical desserts, such as biscuits covered with chocolate or lemon icing named totò, prepared as part of the Day of the Dead. In addition, the cassatedde, sweet specials made with egg yolks, sweetened ricotta cheese and flavoured with cinnamon. In the pastry shops of Syracuse, the tradition of almond pastries and as many biscuits continues and Vicerè Sicily wants to hand down the tradition and preserve the true flavors of this splendid city. Syracuse remembers the majestic Miteco, who wrote the first book on sweets.

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