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The Acropolis

The acropolis is a proper natural fortress, with tall rocky walls which isolate it from the rest of the land.

It is characterized by two hills, in the east and in the west, connected in the middle by a small plateau.

Along the sheer walls there are three entrances: all of them allow you to reach immediately the lower settlement, but only one can be crossed quite easily.

Thanks to the sheer vertical walls, the fortress did not necessitate of protection devices, and only in very few parts an extra protection was needed.

The only structure which maybe had a defensive purpose is in the southernmost side, on a natural terrace controlling the southern access. Here some huge blocks have been found lining the edge.

The buildings on the acropolis did not follow a specific orientation but they were built according to the ground level.

There were also important buildings, as shown by some lapidary elements.

On the two hills of the acropolis, also two cisterns excavated into the rock have been found.

They look almost the same: they are bell shaped, the diameter is quite large and the inside walls are covered by regular and homogenous waterproof plaster.

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