Top historic sights of Syracuse – castles, palaces, churches and museums

Paolo Orsi Museum, ©Verity Cridland/Flickr

Paolo Orsi Museum, ©Verity Cridland/Flickr

The town of Syracuse swarms of historical and cultural heritage. The city has a very rich historic background hence there are several monuments and sights which prove history and the presence of cultures which temporarily but for some time existed in Syracuse and ruled over it.

Many buildings have features influenced by more than one culture, nation or style. Visit the wonderful architectural masterpieces in Syracuse, the fortresses and castles, churches and monasteries and other buildings. Soak up the culture and history which these sights have to offer.

Euryalus Castle

The ancient castle of Euryalus is located approximately 8 km far from Syracuse, near Belvedere. Supposedly the fortress was partly designed by Archimedes and built in 401 BC. This castle defended the Greeks bravely from the Carthaginians, the Romans and later against the Arabs. This military construction is a perfect example of Greek defensive architecture as the fort was surrounded by 27 km of walls and defended the Greeks with great success.

Euryalus Castle, ©David Holt London/Flickr

Euryalus Castle, ©David Holt London/Flickr

The Roman Gymnasium

The building is situated close to the Large Port. It was constructed in the 1st century AD. The establishment had a temple, a court and a theatre.

Archeological Museum

Visit the most modern and the best museum of Sicily, the Orsi Regional Archeological Museum. The museum is located in Villa Landolina and exhibits several archeological treasures from the historical past of the region. We also recommend you to visit the Paleo-Christian catacombs located nearby.

Paolo Orsi Museum, ©Verity Cridland/Flickr

Paolo Orsi Museum, ©Verity Cridland/Flickr

Bellomo Palace

Visit one of the most important medieval heritages of Syracuse, the Bellomo Palace located on Via Capodieci. This beautiful castle was constructed in the 13th century and redesigned in the 15th century becoming a part of Catalan gothic architecture. Take a look inside the Art Gallery and view outstanding artwork such as the Assumption by Antonello da Messina.

Palazzo Montalto

Close to Piazza Archimede you will find Palazzo Montalto, a gothic style building from the late 14th century. The palace has beautiful arched windows and fascinating details in design. Not far from the palazzo the Fountain of Artemis can be found, an attractive monument of Syracuse.

Piazza Archimede, ©vic15/Flickr

Piazza Archimede, ©vic15/Flickr

Church of Saint John the Baptist

Syracuse was visited by significant historical figures such as Saint Paul, who visited the city in 59 AD and spoke the gospel in the Jewish Quarter, where the Church of St. John the Baptist stands today.

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