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Capo Colonna, Crotone

#4 of 14 in Historic Sites in Crotone
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Capo Colonna is a cape of Calabria located near Crotone.On the cape still stands a single column of the temple erected to Hera Lacinia, which is said to have been fairly complete in the 16th century, but to have been destroyed to build the episcopal palace at Crotone. It is a Doric column with capital, about 27 ft. in height. Remains of marble roof-tiles have been seen on the spot and architectural fragments were excavated in 1886-1887 by the Archaeological Institute of America. The sculptures found were mostly buried again, but a few fragments, some decorative terra-cottas and a dedicatory inscription to Hera of the 6th century BC, in private possession at Crotone, are described by F. von Duhn in Notizie degli scavi, 1897, 343 seq. The date of the erection of the temple may be given as 480-440 BC; it is not recorded by any ancient writer.
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  • Well, this is nice to be where were these people long tome ago and to feel the place. You can go first to visit the museum where you can see a video that show you how it was before . There is some...  more »
  • The Colonna is worth a visit. The walk to it and the setting are worth it alone but stop in the archeological museum. It’s free and a gem of information.  more »
  • It's one of the most beautiful place in South Italy
  • Nice place for a short walk. Great view.
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