Tempio Delle Tavole Palatine
The remains of the monument are located in the archaeological area of Metaponto, più namely on the last ripple of Givoni, ancient barrier islands, at the right bank of the river Bradano, built on the ruins of an ancient Neolithic village, along the prehistoric road from Siris-Heraclea, about 3 km from the ancient cityà Metaponto. The temple, restored in 1961, was initially attributed to the worship of the goddess Athena, then the fragment of a vase, found during archaeological excavations in 1926, was found a votive dedicated to the goddess Hera. Until the nineteenth century, the Palatine Tables were also locally known as "Shelves Palatine" or "Columns Palatine," probably in memory of the struggles against the Saracens of the Paladins of France. The temple was also called "Anatomy of God", in memory of the great philosopher Pythagoras. In medieval was still called "Mensae Imperatoris," probably in memory of Emperor Otto II who, in the expedition against the Saracens of 982, you accamp memorize options to Metaponto.I remains of the temple are composed of 15 columns with 20 grooves and Doric capitals. Of the 15 columns, 10 are on the northern side and five on the south. Originally the columns were 32, sinceé the temple had a periptera shape with 12 columns on the long sides and 6 on the short sides. The temple is very degraded, sinceé constructed of local limestone (called Mazzarrò) .In the vicinity of the temple have been found, from the 1926 excavations, numerous remains of pottery decoration, statuettes, pottery and other pieces of columns exposed to the National Archaeological Museum of Metaponto.
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