Thursday, November 18, 2010

Siracusa, Sicilia: "We put in at Syracuse"

"Three months later we set sail on a ship that had wintered at the island. It was an Alexandrian ship with the Dioscuri as its figurehead. We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days, and from there we sailed round the coast and arrived at Rhegium."

The pristine facade of the Duomo, or cathedral, in Siracusa, is radiant in the October sunshine.

The sanctuary of the Duomo, dedicated to Santa Lucia, virgin and martyr.


View of the nave.

More recent renovations of the Duomo have revealed the Greek columns of the pagan temple over which this Christian shrine was constructed. In places both inside and outside the church, masonry has been removed to reveal the original purpose and beauty of this temple, throughout the ages instrumental in man's search for, and desire to worship, God.

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