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Temple of Apollo in Roda

In Roda there are traces of a Doric Temple pavilion from the 5th century without back wall, dedicated to God Apollo. The Temple had dimensions 21.40 x 11, 65 m. Monoliths and columns (11 on the long sides and 6 to the close). Inside the temple there are still preserved four fundamental bases. At a distance of 6.7 m to east is the foundation of the Altar of God (12 x 2.30 m).
According to the archaeologist Rosemary Zernioti the temple of Roda was excavated during the years 1938-1939. It’s preserved at the level of the foundation. The temple had not back wall, while the circumstance of forming 11 columns on the long and 6 on the narrow sides. The columns of the temple were monolithic and parts are preserved in newer built adjacent small house. The foundation of the feather is very elaborate and the interior wall has a lighter construction. The superstructure seems built from bricks.
Inside the temple survived four foundation piers, reflecting the position of tributes or cult objects. Located 6,70m east of the temple survives a dimensional rectangular altar 12 x 2.30 m. It occupies the entire width of the temple and consists of a series of large rectangular limestone slabs well chiselled, surrounding a core of less worked. The side to the temple bears undercut at the bottom. In the middle of the rectangular pedestal revealed the main altar, of which only a few plaques were found.
Finds from the excavation of the temple are exposed in the Archaeological Museum of Corfu. The cult of Apollo reached acne in Greece in the 4th and 5th century BC. Everywhere there were temples to his honour. Beyond god of prophecy, Apollo was also a god of light and the arts, especially music. There are often organized musical competitions in the sanctuaries.


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