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The Greek Theatre


Latomia del Paradiso


Roman Theatre


Roman Guarding Tower Remains
 

The Archeological Park
From Jesse's Journeys in Italy


Upon entry to Siracusa's Archaeological park, you may think you were in a different world. One of the first sites to confront visitors are the Paradiso Stone Quarries, which consist of well-manicured gardens and orchards that give way to cliffs that were once played home to prisoners.  From a distance, the cliffs look like the have been carved out by millions of termites.  This is only one of many fascinating wonders to confront visitors in the park.   

Even more spectacular is the Greek theatre, one of Sicily'sand Europe's greatest classical sites surviving from antiquity.

Climb to the top of the seating area (which could accommodate 1500) for a fine view of the surrounding area and
of the stage which hosted the first Greek comedy.

The theatre was Hewn out of the hillside rock in the 5th Century BC and
saw the premier of thousands of performances, many of which have lived on.  To see the place in which many of these works were first performed is simply a wonder to behold.  

Greek tragedies are still performed here in May and June of even numbered years.  Above and behind the theatre runs the Via dei Sepuleri, in which streams of running water flows through a series of
man-made streams.

The entire park is a wonder to behold and to miss out on it, would be a your loss.

 

Sicily

City of Siracusa

 

 

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   The Ear of Dionysius

The Ear of Dionysius is one of the most interesting and popular sites in the Paradiso stone quarries.  While it looks like a natural cave, hundreds of thousands tons of material have been extracted from it and other caves within the quarries over the centuries, which were, used primarily for public and private construction work.  The large artificial cave known as the Ear of Dionysius is 65 meters long and 5-10 meters wide, narrowing upwards (23 meters) to the top.  The form of the entry, similar to the auditory tube of the human ear, inspired Caravaggio, who visited Siracusa in the early 17th century to call it the Ear of Dionysius, the tyrant ruler of Siracusa.  Legend held that Dionysius imprisoned his enemies in the cave, whose whispers he could hear from the small opening at the top. 

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           Catacombe
       di San Giovanni


Not far from the Archaeological Park, off Viale Teocrito, the catacombs below the church of San Giovanni are one of the earliest known Christian sites in the city.  Inside the crypt of San Marciano is an altar where St. Paul preached on his way through Sicily to Rome.  The Frescoes in this small chapel are still bright and fresh, though some dating from the 4th Century AD show their age