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Heroon in Sagalassos , today Turkey .

As Heroon ( plural Heroa , Greek  ἡρῷον ) is referred to in the Greco-Roman architecture, a sanctuary or a grave monument of a hero , which there was of great reverence usually the legendary founder of the respective Polis . In these cases, such a building is to be regarded as a monument ( cenotaph ), especially if it was built long after the honored person's death. Especially in Hellenism , the establishment of Heroa as urban places of worship increased, not infrequently to demonstrate the independence of the polis. These buildings were mostly constructed in exposed locations, on or near the agora or directly in front of the city gate.

Heroon in Agrigento , Sicily .

Well-known Heroa are:


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