In the heart of the village of Domus de Maria near Chia you will find the local museum (or Museo Civico), which displays archaeological finds belonging to the ancient city of Bithia as well as a numismatic and a mineralogical collection.
The objects of greatest interest are those found during the excavations in the sixties and eighties in Bithia that brought to light interesting pieces of historical and cultural value such as the sandstone statue of the god Bes, a bull-god represented with the right arm raised to greet the sacred “betili” stones that ancient people laid in the areas of worship.
To enrich the collection of the museum are mainly the archaeological finds from the ancient necropolis of Bithia, near the Tower of Chia, from common pottery to flask-shaped containers dating from the sixth century BC. Several rooms of the museum are dedicated to more modern handicrafts and local produces.
The museum is located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in Domus de Maria and open daily in the summer, upon request for the remaining of the year. Entrance: € 1,60 for adults and € 1,00 for children.
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