Shrine of Hercules Curinus, Sulmona

The shrine of Hercules Curinus is located in Sulmona in locality Badia, between the Abbey of Santo Spirito al Morrone and the hermitage of Sant’Onofrio al Morrone. Brought to light by excavations from 1957, the italic place of worship was mistaken for the house of the poet Ovid until there were found the two statues of Hercules Curinus, a bronze one, kept in Chieti in the National Archaeological Museum Villa Frigerj, and a marble one. The sanctuary, which dates back to the IV century BC, is composed of the southern stairs and two terraces. The altar, with a small chapel, is located on the upper terrace.

Admission to the archaeological site, managed by the General Directorate for Archaeological Heritage, is free.

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