Caulonia (RC)

ANTICA KAULON

The remains of the ancient Kaulon, a Greek city between Locri and Crotone, are bounded by Monasterace Marina and Punta Stilo.

Rests of the urban road network and houses, fragments of pavement mosaics that enriched splendor houses, like Casa del Drago (Dragon House) are well preserved. The Dragon House owes its name to the splendid polychromatic mosaic representing a sea dragon, dating to the 3rd century B.C., now at the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria.

At Punta Stilo, visitors can admire the remains of the Doric Sanctuary that Paolo Orsi unearthed in 1920s. The first excavation campaigns brought to light the temple basement and the entrance steps. In the following years, further relics of the Sanctuary, including some altars, were discovered. The temple, dating to 430-420 B.C., rests on a larger Archaic Age building: some sandstone blocks incorporated in the building basement can still be appreciated.

On the Terzinale hill, 800 m far from Kaulonia ancient walls, south-westward, Paolo Orsi found a great number of architectural terra cottas and stone fragments buried in a pit, coming from sacred buildings located in the area. A part of the materials found in the Twenties and dating to 550-525 B.C. and 475-450 B. C., is housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria.

 



 


 



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