Crotone

Archaeological Park of Capo Colonna

The archaeological Park of Capo Colonna-Crotone is located ten kilometers far from the city, on Capo Colonna promontory. The area covers thirty hectares of archaeological excavations and twenty of woods and Mediterranean scrub. One of the utmost sacred places in the Mediterranean basin rose at Capo Colonna: the sanctuary dedicated to Hera Lacinia, wife and sister of Zeus, goddess of pasturelands, women, female fertility, family and marriage. Crotone, ancient and powerful Achaean colony of the 6th century B.C., surrounded by almost twenty kilometers of walls and defended by an army of more than 150 thousand men, hosted the School of Pythagoras, the medical school – considered the best one of the ancient world – and the gymnastic school. Part of the objects found in the excavation area is housed in the National Archaeological Museum in Crotone. In particular, the Archaic age remains and the precious treasure of Hera Lacinia deserve a visit. An exposition area is dedicated to the celebrated Sanctuary: votive objects, fragments of terracotta and marble architectural decorations, dating from the Archaic Age; the inscribed stone that reports that the sanctuary belongs to Hera Eleytheria; the Roman age sculpted group of Eros and Psyche, discovered into the sea at Capo Colonna. In the new Capo Colonna Museum, located at the entrance of the Archaeological Park, the remains brought to light in the area are exhibited.



 


 
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