Loquis: Parco archeologico delle Mura Messapiche

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Parco archeologico delle Mura Messapiche

 

Published on:  2019-01-10 10:27:20

 

It covers about 150,000 square meters, the extraordinary Archaeological Park of the Messapic Walls of Manduria, bordered by two city walls, one of the largest and most important archaeological sites in all of Italy. The symbol of the city and the park is the Fonte Pliniano, a monument mentioned by Pliny the Elder for its constant water supply. Depicted in the city's coat of arms as a well from which an almond tree blossoms, the Fonte is placed at the entrance of the park and amazes for the magical atmosphere created by the play of lights within the hypogeum environment and for a detail that also struck Plinio: for how much water is withdrawn the level of the well remains unchanged. Outside the mighty megalithic walls, divided into three concentric walls to counter the expansion of Taranto, extends the incredible necropolis with more than 2000 Messapian burials, dating back to a time span ranging from the sixth century to the second BC. Inside the park, it is also possible to visit the small church of San Pietro Mandurino.

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