Interior porch of the Syracuse Cathedral--page 5 (of 5 pages)



Temple of Athena, erected in 480 BCE by Gelon, forms the basis of the church built by Byzantine Christians.
Later constructions include side chapels on the south, narthex and Baroque facade (1728-54)
Andrea Palma





The narthex has a three-portal entrance with a profusion of ornament and grotesque elements.
 
 

Spiral columns flanking the central portal

The twisted (Solomonic) capital is a Baroque feature. See, for example, Bernini's Baldacchino in St. Peter's. Here, also, the sculpted grape vine refers to the Eucharist.


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Works Consulted or Quoted: Grady, Ellen. Sicily [Blue Guide]. New York: Norton, 2006.



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