Lat: 37° 3' 47.78581" N - Long: 14° 15' 31.33292" E
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The Acropolis of ancient Gela is located in front of the mouth of the homonymous river, in the extreme eastern tip of the Gela hill.
It extends in an east-west direction and in ancient times reached the current Calvario square.
This area had already been the site of prehistoric settlements from the Copper Age and the Castellucian period.
Along the northern edge of the summit of the hill, two buildings from the mid-seventh century BC attest the first phase of Hellenic occupation.
To the south, in an area occupied by the sanctuary of Athena, there are the remains of two Doric temples, both dedicated to Athena; the oldest temple is from the 6th century BC, the second is located to the east, at the highest point of the hill, and is from the end of the 5th century BC.
Leaving the sacred area you cross the plateia, the ancient street that divided the city.
On the right there are various blocks made up of houses and ancient shops.
To the north of the acropolis some parts of the ancient walls are still visible.
The acropolis is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with the last admission half an hour before closing time; Holidays are closed, except the first Sunday of each month, open in the morning until 13:00 with free admission.
The ticket is unique with the Regional Archaeological Museum.
For info tel: 0933 912626.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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