Basilica and tomb of St. Lucia
The church of Santa Lucia is a three-nave pillar basilica from the 12th Century. It was built instead of an earlier building from the 6th Century at the place where Saint Lucy, the patron saint of Syracuse, was martyred. The rose window on the west side and the portal are still of Gothic origin. The remaining construction was transformed into baroque style in the 17th Century. The original altarpiece "The Burial of Saint Lucy" by Caravaggio is exhibited in the Museum of Art at the Palazzo Bellomo in the old town. Attached to the church is the octagonal Chiesa del Sepulchre. It serves as the burial site of St. Lucia. The tomb and the catacombs are open to visit with a tour by one of the monks.
Guided tour: € 6,-