We leave Patti to Syracuse, a magnificent city and provincial capital on the east coast
of Sicily. One of most important archaeological centres of Magna Graecia, Syracuse
according to the biblical tradition was visited by the Apostle Paul on his pilgrimage to
Rome, becoming, way back in the first century A. D., the seat of the first Christian
Church in the West. Visits will be made to:
The Cathedral: Undoubtely Sicily's most unusual building, for the simple reason that it
combines in the one structure the most important temple of the ancient city with the most
important Church of the modern. Former the Temple of Athena, it was converted into Church
in the Byzantine period.
San Giovanni alle Catacombe: After the Cathedral this is the most important Church in
Syracuse; it was in fact, the first Cathedral of the city, built over the tomb of St.
Marcian, the first Bishop of Syracuse, martyred in 254 A. D. - The Catacombs which adjioin
the crypt are an extensive 4th century A. D. burial ground and consist of a large central