Lat: 38° 8' 37.78923" N - Long: 15° 2' 35.51555" E
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Tyndaris was a Greek town founded, in 396 BC, by Dionysius of Syracuse.
Conquered by Ottaviano in 36 BC, it became one of the most flourishing town of Sicily during the imperial age.
The beauty of Tindari still survives today in its remains: the Roman Tindari was articulated on three main roads that crossed at right angles and at regular distances with the secondary roads on a slope; beneath these there was the town sewer system.
On the streets faced shops and warehouses, houses and a wealthy family home, decorated with floor mosaics and an adjoining small spa complex.
On the floors of the spa rooms, valuable marbles decorate the changing rooms.
The one that was to be the main street of the town has at one end the theater, and at the other end the agora.
After the agora, in the highest area, now occupied by the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna, was the acropolis.
Tyndaris walls developed for about 3 km.
The main gate, on the south-western side, had two towers.
The nearby Basilica, a large meeting room, dates back to the late Roman imperial age and was covered by barrel vaults.
The theater was built in Greek forms at the end of the 4th century BC, with a cavea facing the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Aeolian Islands.
In the hill were carved the seats, which had to reach a capacity of about 3000 seats.
In Roman times was added a portico and the reconstruction of the scene; the orchestra was converted into an arena.
The small museum preserves precious funerary objects found during excavations in the Greek and Roman necropolises.
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