The Cathedral, is an ancient a Greek temple, that was in 2005 designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Known as the Temple of Athena, it was built in the 5th century BC. The present Cathedral, was constructed by Saint Bishop Zosimo of Siracusa in the 7th century. The Doric columns of the original temple were incorporated in the walls of the current church.
The Cathedral has a number of relics of St. Lucy, the Patroness of Siracusa - also, a number of bone fragments, a robe, a veil, and a pair of shoes.
The interior of the church, has a nave and two aisles, with combined rustic walls and Baroque details. There's a font with a marble basin dating from the 12th or 13th century - a statue of the Madonna della Neve ("Madonna of the Snow", 1512) by Antonello Gagini.
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