Temple of Hera in the Metaponto Archaeological Park, Province of Matera, Italy

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Founded by the Greeks in the seventh century BC, Metaponto formed part of the ancient civilisation of Magna Graecia, which once stretched across the bottom of Italy’s boot. The town has a rich archaeological history and has many attractions for tourists including the Archaeological Park where you can see impressive remains of the Palatine tables where knights gathered before heading off to the Crusades. The countryside surrounding the town contains many archaeological sites, and there is another archaeological park further north that has four temples dedicated to the Greek gods Hera and Athena.
Location: Metaponto Archaelogical Park, Basilicata, Italy