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Lat: 37° 59' 53.48128" N - Long: 14° 15' 46.08721" E
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Halaesa, according to Diodoro Siculo, was founded in 403 BC.
"Arconidea" was added to its name in honor of the tyrant Arconide, who granted part of the territory to the Sicilians who had helped him during the war.
Halaesa had fortification walls about 3 km long with towers connected by a walkway and at least four gates.
The main road went north-south, and was paved with square stone slabs arranged in a checkerboard pattern.
Somw perpendicular roads crossed it.
Alesa still enjoyed a certain prosperity in the early imperial age, and contributed ships and crew to the Sicilian fleet.
Cicero lists it among the most beautiful and important cities in Sicily.
From this period is the ancient Agora as we can admire it now, located in the middle of town.
It was adorned with several statues.
In the seventh century Alesa is still mentioned among the fourteen important towns of Sicily by Gregory of Cyprus and in 649 the bishop of Alesa participated in the Lateran Council.
The bishop of Alesa participated in a council in Constantinople in 870.
Alesa seems to have been abandoned after an earthquake, following which the population moved to where Tusa stands today.
On the acropolis a sacred area with the bases of two temples has been partially brought to light.
At the Antiquarium are exhibits from the archaeological area.
The Archaeological Museum of Halaesa di Castel di Tusa is under construction.
The archaeological site of Halaesa Arconidea is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00.
Full ticket: 2 euros.
For info tel .: 0921334531
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