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Ipogeo - Hypogeum

Sicily

Off the beaten Path Cathedrals, Churches & Catacombs

Just some steps south from the Cathedral an unimpressive entrance next to the Bishop's Palace leads to a very impressive underworld. Partly the tunnels were already beaten from the rocks in ancient times, and served in World War II as an air raid shelter. The Hypogeum combines cisterns and stone quarries - the cistern of hte Archbishop is enormous and very atmospheric. This place is in summer an oasis of cool air, full of shadows, echoes and penumbrae. Older children will find the Hypogeum a really thrilling experience. A visit is recommended to anyone who is willing to set aside ten minutes of time otherwise spent visiting the city.

A visit is not possible for those who have difficulty walking, nor is it recommended for people suffering from claustrophobia, given the absence of any visible opening to the outside.

Entrance fee (2013): € 4,00, reduced € 2,00

Directions

Piazza Duomo, Siracusa, 96100

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