Temple of Diana

Temple of Diana

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The so-called ‘Temple of Diana’ is a famous megalithic monument from the fourth century BC. It is located on a plain on the west side of the ‘Rocca’. Nearby the temple, there are several ruins of defensive walls erected over the course of the centuries, as well as ruins of small chapels, barracks, furnaces, and warehouses. Inside the temple several compartments were identified, respectively arranged north and south of a sort of corridor pointing towards east-west. The corridor leads from the majestic entrance to a tank, on top of which there are two large monoliths, and dating back to the ninth century BC according to several academics.
The temple had originally a sacred function linked to the local worship of water. Its sacred origins are confirmed by the fact that, in byzantine times, in order to replace this pagan worship, a Christian church dedicated to Santa Venera was built right on top of it.

Sources:

  • Le Madonie, Salvatore Anselmo

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Temple of Diana

Rocca, 90015
Cefalù,

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