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Ancient Mozia

The Laguna dello Stagnone, north of Marsala on Sicily’s west coast and once a safe refuge for shipping between
North Africa and Italy, contains four islands. On one, Mozia (also known as both Mothia and Motya), there was
an important Phoenician settlement - rediscovered in 1888 by Joseph Whitaker, the son of a family in the Marsala wine trade.

For the pictures of the salt pans and lagoon, see _ http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/mozia_lag

Today the island and museum - managed by a foundation created by the family - can be reached on a small boat which
follows the submerged ancient causeway, built to carry the siege engines of the Syracusan tyrant - Dionysius the
Elder - who succeeded in displacing the Phoenicians in 379 BC.

More ___ http://www.fondazionewhitaker.it/orari_e_prezzi.html

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Isole dello Stagnone and the islands
Isole dello Stagnone and the islands
Mozia
Mozia
Mozia
Mozia
The southern gate
The southern gate
The cothon - an inner harbour
The cothon - an inner harbour
South gate and harbour approach
South gate and harbour approach
Remains of a staircase, Mozia
Remains of a staircase, Mozia
Remains of walls and staircase
Remains of walls and staircase
One of the streets of Mozia
One of the streets of Mozia
Ruins of walls and a stairway
Ruins of walls and a stairway
The ephebe
The ephebe
Museum finds (1)
Museum finds (1)
Museum finds (1)
Museum finds (1)
Better late than never .....
Better late than never .....
Sine qua, non...
Sine qua, non...