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Palmieri Hypogeum – An ancient Messapian tomb

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The Ipogeo Palmieri, a prestigious example of Messapian funerary architecture, can be visited in the garden of Palazzo Guarini, along Via Palmieri. It is a tomb of Messapian origin discovered on the site in 1912, which seems to have been commissioned by a wealthy local family around 300 BC. The structure of the tomb is characterised by three rooms around a vestibule. To enter the tomb, one has to pass through a narrow passageway, at the sides of which are bas-relief engravings of a certain artistic interest on two friezes: on the one hand, there is a representation of a fight between fighters, some on foot and others riding their steeds; on the other, there is a tripartite engraving showing the face of a woman, from which floral ornaments extend to the sides.

Palmieri Hypogeum – An ancient Messapian tomb

Via Giuseppe Palmieri, 4, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy

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