Area archeologica di Veio

The Area Of Archaeological Veii

In the archaeological area in Portonaccio there is one of the sanctuaries of the Etruscan city of Veio, located outside the city walls on a natural shelf overlooking the valley crossed by the Fosso della Mola (a tributary of the ancient Cremera). The sanctuary contains the oldest and most notable example of a Tuscan temple known so far. It was originally decorated with a splendid polychrome terracotta decoration culminating on the top of the roof in a series of larger-than-life statues, including the famous late-archaic group of Apollo and Hercules, faced in the struggle for possession of the horned doe. gold. Next to the temple stood a pool intended for ritual ablutions and, further east, a large altar. From the dedicatory inscriptions and from the acroterial and votive statues we know that Minerva and Apollo must have been venerated in the sanctuary.


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