: Antiquarium

The city of Halaesa Arconidea was founded in 403 BC on a hill overlooking the nearby Tyrrhenian coast and the valley of the river Tusa. The first of the Sicilian cities to side with Rome during the First Punic War, it was one of the five civitates liberae et immunes with its own autonomy and exemption from taxes. Thanks to its favourable geographical position, the town prospered from the Republican to the Imperial age. After the Arab occupation of the island, the town was abandoned and resurrected in today's Tusa on top of a naturally fortified hill.


Excavations have revealed an urban layout with north-south oriented cardoons and steep east-west decumans paved in steps. The city is surrounded by fortified walls, built from the 4th century B.C. onwards. The most important complexes of the city are located along the axis of the cardo maximus, including the agora and, to the north, the 'buttresses', a construction on which a road led to the acropolis, where the sacred area has been identified, with the foundations of two temples, one of which may have been dedicated to Apollo.


The: Antiquarium contains sculptural works, elements decorative and architectural and a section with Greek and Latin epigraphs, dating from the second century B.C. to the III century A.D.

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