Syracuse. Sicily. Italy. View of the Greek Temple of Apollo, built in local limestone in the 6th century BC and the oldest peripteral Doric temple in Sicily. Dedicated to the Greek god Apollo, the Temple had an elongated plan with a colonnade of 6 by 17 columns, and its extensive ruins include part of the cella wall, columns stumps and two monolithic Doric columns, estimated to weigh 35 tons each. Through its long life, the temple was converted into a Christian Byzantine church, then an Arab mosque, a Norman church and lastly into Spanish prison. The Temple is located on the tiny island of Ortygia, the original settlement of Syracuse, a former power house of the Mediterranean, located on the south east corner of Sicily.
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