Si Trova: a Marsala
Lat: 37° 48' 11.71708" N - Long: 12° 25' 44.33513" E
Add to My Itineraries
Add to Wishing List
Inside the archaeological area of Lilibeo there are the remains of the ancient Lilybaeum.
This has been preserved quite well, as the following settlements were built further from the coast.
Lilibeo was founded by the Phoenicians of Mozia who survived the siege of Dionysius of Syracuse in 397 BC, and by the Carthaginians.
The town occupied a large quadrilateral defended by a wall strengthened with towers and protected on two sides by the sea and, from the land side, by a moat.
It became an impregnable military base.
The Romans managed to get hold of it only after the battle of the Egadi Islands in 241 BC, which ended the First Punic War.
Under Roman rule it experienced a period of considerable economic prosperity, so much so that it constituted for a certain period the largest and most important urban agglomeration in western Sicily.
Lilibeo, among others, had as its commissioner the great Latin orator Cicero and was the seat of a flourishing Christian community since the 3rd century.
Still today it is possible to admire the Decumanus maximus, that was the most important street of the ancient town.
A stretch of 110 meters was brought to light.
It turned out that it was entirely pedestrian.
In its area in the Byzantine era a church was built there, and some tombs were obtained.
Stretches of the fortifications have also been discovered, a public spa building from the 3rd century AD, and a place of worship dedicated to the goddess Isis.
Wonderful mosaics have been brought to light in the Roman insula.
The church of San Giovanni is also part of the archaeological area, within which it is possible to access the Grotta della Sibilla which, entirely excavated in the rock, represents the most ancient archaeological testimony of the spread of Christianity into Lilibeo.
Today we discover...
Church St Nicola
The most seventeenth-century façade in Sicily
Chiesa San Nicola di Trecastagni
Click for info
Last Inserted Points
Gnuni has 660 Points!