Si Trova: nel territorio di Cattolica Eraclea
Lat: 37° 23' 37.94409" N - Long: 13° 16' 56.66278" E
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The ancient city of Eraclea Minoa is located over a beautiful promontory overlooking a magnificent seascape.
It was founded by the Selinuntians probably around the 6th century BC, and was inhabited until the 1st century BC, after having been slowly abandoned.
It was the subject of disputes between Selinunte and Agrigento, and later between Syracuse and Carthage.
Under Roman rule, it was plundered by Verre and defended, together with all of Sicily, by Cicero, who visited here in 70 BC.
The part of the inhabited area closest to the sea was damaged by a landslide, no one knows in which year.
The excavations have brought to light a part of the walls, the urban agglomeration, with several overlapping layers, with some mosaics present in some houses, and the theater.
The different strata correspond to the IV-III centuries for the most ancient, and to the II-I centuries for the most recent, which can be identified with a restocking colony led by Rupilio at the end of the first servile war (132 BC).
In a small antiquarium you can admire the finds of the site and in the surrounding area.
The archaeological area is open every day, including holidays from 8:00 to one hour before sunset.
Entrance ticket: 4.00 euros.
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