Colonne di San Basilio

Lentini, Italy

The Colonne di San Basilio (Columns of St Basil) are an ancient Greek structure, which take their name from the mountain of San Basilio where they are located, in the territory of Lentini.

The summit of the mountain shows trances of ancient settlement from the prehistoric period, with clear traces of the postholes of a hut, probably belonging to the Casteluccio culture.

A little way away is the imposing structure itself, carved in the limestone rock and measuring 18 x 16 metres, with 32 columns designed to support rock slabs. Part of the structure has collapsed, but many of the columns remain standing.

The structure was later reused by the Byzantines, who converted it into a church. Some traces of religious frescoes are even visible on some of the columns, but they are not legible.

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Unnamed Road, Lentini, Italy
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Founded: 5th century BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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paolomarc66 (5 months ago)
Very interesting site due to the presence of countless Heroa, Greek sanctuaries dedicated to the cult of heroes, used both as a temple of veneration and as tombs of the hero himself. It should be visited several times to discover all the hidden beauties of both archaeological, geological and naturalistic interest. The site is located on an ancient, partially collapsed volcano and the first certain evidence of man's presence dates back to the Copper Age.
Salvatore Casa' (3 years ago)
Sicilian Magical Place
Mauro Manca (3 years ago)
Beautiful and magical full of history
Vincenzo Agliata (5 years ago)
Extraordinary mix of history, geology, art, archeology,
piero vaccaro (5 years ago)
Very interesting natural archaeological site .... to visit with interest for the beauty of the places
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