Feb 18, 2012

Sicily (part II) - Syracuse

Syracuse is a historic city in the South East Sicily. The city is famous for its rich Greek history, culture, architecture, and as the birthplace of preeminent mathematician Archimedes.

Here are some photos of Greek Theatre and of Ear of Dionysius.

Briefly, the Greek Theatre was hew into the rock of Colle Temenite around the 5th century B.C. It is the largest in Sicily and is still one of the main hubs of cultural life in Syracuse: each year several famous Greek Tragedies are played out in this magical place so full of history.

The Ear of Dionysius (Italian: Orecchio di Dionisio)This is a deep cave about 65 meters deep, 11 meters wide and 23 meters high. It is famous for its special acoustics, which are due to the acute angle-shape of the ceiling that is similar in shape to the outer ear, hence its name “Orecchio” which means “Ear”. It has unbelievable acoustic powers: a sound produced inside the cave is amplified up to 16 times.

The Ear of Dionysius

Inside of the Ear of Dionysius

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