Ortygia

We spent much of the day in Ortygia, the peninsula to the south of Syracuse, beginning with the daily market for fish, spices and fresh vegetables:-

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We walked past the Temple of Apollo into the centre of town:-

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Past the Jesuit Collegium with its ornate pre-earthquake façade:-

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The Cathedral demonstrates the long history of Syracuse.   Originally a Greek temple, it retains its classical columns:-

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In front, it has a grand baroque façade, built in the 1730s with fine statuary:-

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Nearly as impressive is the neighbouring St. Lucy, where Caravaggio’s great altarpiece has now been returned (it was previously in the town museum):-

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After lunch, we walked back through the streets admiring the stonework detailing:-

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3 thoughts on “Ortygia

  1. Pamela Glasson Roberts says:

    Pleased to see the market was selling my beloved trombolinos – the long yellowy/green thin marrow-like veggies which are uterly delicious. Haven’t even sowed the seeds yet to grow my annual crop. The agricuture there so many months ahead of ours here.

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