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  • The ancient Entella
  • The ancient Entella
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Si Trova: nei pressi della valle del Belice
Lat: 37° 46' 24.67366" N - Long: 13° 7' 11.55315" E

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The town Entella was probably founded by the Elimi between the 5th and 3rd centuries BC.

They chose a strategic position 570 meters above sea level.

The town was involved in the events of the Greco-Punic wars, and had relations with the Carthaginians and the Greeks.

Entella was mentioned by Cicero in his speeches against Verre.

Starting from the 2nd century AD, the decline of Entella began.

It remained almost abandoned until the Middle Ages.

The town was important during the Arab period, and remained Arab throughout the Norman and Swabian periods; due to its continuous revolts against the emperor Frederick II it was destroyed by him and was never repopulated.

The ancient Entella is currently largely buried, and is still subject to excavation campaigns.

It was protected by a wall about 2800 m long in its north side, which was the most easily accessible from the valley floor.

At the sides of the relief of the Rocca there were the town gates, the north-west one remains clearly visible.

On the west and south-east sides, stairs carved into the rock are preserved.

There are also impressive remains of public buildings: a temple from the 5th century BC, and a granary from the end of the 4th century.

There are also remains of a medieval castle, with a keep and access ramp.

The embankment leading to the main entrance has recently come to light in the castle area, and important traces of a Roman road have also emerged.

To the north, south and west of the fortress there are the necropolis.

The many materials found during the excavation campaigns can be admired in the Entella antiquarium, located in the town hall of Contessa Entellina.


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