The Duomo: Ortigia, Sicily

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The multifaceted amalgamation of several different religions and building styles.
The multifaceted amalgamation of several different religions and building styles.

Cathedrals are the amalgamation of overwhelming beauty and quiet solitude.

Their great size and age make them buildings that inspire awe and respect.

They always make you feel so small, with their cold, tall pillars and gold-leaf domes.

My favorite cathedral by far is in Ortigia, the island sector of Siracusa—“land of much water”.  Here the Duomo is not just a mixture of allure and peacefulness; it’s a true mixture of the ages.

There’s an odd feeling about it.  It’s built on the site of a 5th Century Greek temple in honor of Athena.  It must have inspired awe throughout the Mediterranean, with Athena’s gold statue shining and visible from far out to sea.

It was converted into a Catholic cathedral in the 7th century under the Normans, later became a mosque, suffered damage from an earthquake in the 17th century, and became a Catholic church again.

The interior of the Orgitian Duomo, showcasing ancient Greek pillars among more modern architecture.
The interior of the Orgitian Duomo, showcasing ancient Greek pillars among more modern architecture.

It is a spiritual place, and a beautiful building.  Its age is tangible.  Layer upon layer of ancient human civilization, covered by modern scaffolding.  The Duomo is being rebuilt once more.

Where is the oldest or most powerful place you’ve visited?

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