Some construction elements of the famous Temple of Athena were used for the construction of the Cathedral of Syracuse. Today it is possible to see them inside the church and on the left side where some imposing columns have been incorporated. The Temple was built in the typical local stone, limestone, by the tyrant Gelon to celebrate his victory over the Carthaginians at the Battle of Imera, and was dedicated to Athena, goddess of war and wisdom. The building was richly ornamented with painted panels, ivory decorations and gold studs, as testified by Cicero. On the pediment was a large shield of gilded copper that could be seen from the sea. However, all the ornaments were plundered by the Roman praetor Verres, while some architectural parts were recycled to erect other buildings.