The historic core of Siracusa on Ortygia island consists mostly of renessaince, baroque and neoclassical period buildings. The highlight is the long cathedral square, on which several impressive buildings are located. The Santa Maria delle Colonne cathedral was originally built in the 7th century on the site of a Greek temple. Over the centuries it underwent many transformations. In thr 17th century the baroque facade was built. The historical core of Siracusa is full of shops and restaurants.
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