The Quarries that Built an Empire

by hopesfrenzy

We walked across the water from Ortigia into the city of Siracusa to a massive archeological site. This was Siracusa from ancient times, both Roman and Greek, complete with amphitheaters from both eras and other buildings. But what truly stood out in marvelous fashion were the quarries. The site contains multiple quarries that fed civilization’s insatiable need to build. But over time the mining stopped and today the quarries are just stunning.

We explored them basically all by ourselves, looking up at the high vaulted ceilings with its green, black and pink colorations. The light poured in. It was one of the coolest places I think I’ve ever been.

After exploring the quarries, we visited both the Greek and Roman amphitheaters, as well as an alter built by Hiero II. It was an awesome morning!

Sightseeing with Stéphane
Location: Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

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