Sipontum

Siponto, Basilica paleocristiana
  • Category - Archaeological sites
  • Country - Italy
  • Region - Puglia
  • Province - Foggia
  • Town - Siponto
  • Place - Archaeological Park

Address/how to arrive

From Foggia, take the State road in the direction of Manfredonia. Three kilometers before it, you can see the Archaeological Park of Siponto and the romanesque church of Santa Maria.

Tourist Information

Archaeological Park of Siponto

Always open from 8,30 to 19,30.

Booking: 0984-902930

 

Description

Sipontum was and important Daunian centre, seaport for a large area on the internal regions and of Arpi in particular. It was conquered by Hannibal and in 194 B.C. it became a roman colony. It disappeared in 1223, destroyed by a terrible earthquake.

Within the Archaeological Park you can see a long section of the surrounding wall dating to the second century B.C., ruins of the Augustan amphitheater and some wall structures of the lagoon harbour.

In the Park, you can also see the ruins of the three-nave paleo-crhistian basilica with semicircular apsis. Colums fragments, bases and marbles capitals belong to several building phases (from the fourth to the sixth century). Probably the basilica was built on a pre-existing temple of Diana. .

The black and white and colour mosaic floors which you can see in place and in the near romanesque church of Santa Maria are very interesting.

The church is a building of Oriental style, with a cross-in-square plan and central cupola. 

Go to the image gallery.

 

Bibliography

  • R. Giuliani, I mosaici del complesso archeologico di Santa Maria di Siponto, in Siponto antica, a cura di M. Mazzei, Foggia 1999, p. 197-223.
  • Siponto antica, a cura di Marina Mazzei; prefazione di Mario Torelli. Foggia 1999.

 

Siponto: Basilica paleocristiana, mosaici

Linked itineraries

Carta stradale con indicazioni dell'itinerario

Siponto-San Giusto-Canosa: the mosaics in paleochristian complexes

Archaeological, Italy, Puglia, Foggia-Bari

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