These tempels are absolutely amazing. It is a large complex with three temples on it, but two of them are still under restoration. I wish I could have seen all three of them in full splendour, that would have been really unforgettable. But just one of these temples is more than enough to make this trip worth while!
But there are more temples in Paestum! Unfortunately these were under restoration, so I couldn't see them in there full beauty. But even like this they were so impressive!
This is a picture of the the Temple of Hera II, sometimes called the Temple of Neptune or the Temple of Poseidon. It is an archaic Doric temple in the ancient city of Paestum. It is one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world. The temple is the last of the great temples of Poseidonia, constructed c. 470-460 BCE within the sanctuary of Hera, just besides the older Temple of Hera I.
In this last picture of the temples I want to show you a detail of the Temple of Neptune.
Paestum is a place that you have to see with your own eyes to believe it. Three of these magnificent temples in a row, wow, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it!
So how does an ant see Paestum? Like this! Hahaha, just loved the pavement, and I had to take a picture of it. And why not from a different angle than normal :-))
This is actually the Via Sacra, the old roman road. You can still see the tracks of the ancient carts in the paving.
This is a picture of the Temple of Athena (the previous pictures are also of this temple) and is often called the Temple of Ceres. It is an archaic Doric temple in the ancient city of Paestum. It is the second of the great temples of Poseidonia, constructed c. 500 BCE on the highest point in the city, as temples dedicated to Athena normally was.
Paestum's history dates back to the very beginning of italic civilization. The city was founded in the sixth century by the Greeks on the foundations of a pre-existing settlement.
Posidònia was the name given to the original town of Paestum which remained a flourishing trading centre even after the Lucanian invasion of the fifth century and the Roman domination in 273 A.C.
It was completely abandoned towards the ninth century, probably due to a malaria epidemic and devastating Arab raids which destroyed all forms of civilization.
The area remained in oblivion until the eighteenth century when an envoy of the Bourbon King Carlo III discovered remains of temples rising out of the vegetation.
Since then, continuous archaeological activity has brought to light one of the most important intact archaeological complexes in Magna Grecia.
It was a beautiful day when I was here, sun shining brightly, and I wanted to take a break and sat down on the pavement. It's lovely to sit down and look around and see those amazing temples. Hahaha, but I got a little bit distracted by this little ant. Amazing how they can lift those little straws, that are 3 times as big as themselves. Quite fascinating to look at. Mmmmm, maybe it is inspired to build it's own little temple? ;-)
This site is totally different to Pompeii or Ercolano. It was quiet here, no one to see..... a total difference with the busy Pompeii. It was almost like no one knows Paestum. But why? The temples are so amazing. When I mention this place to people a lot of the times they look at me with blank faces and a curious expression... "Paestum????" they ask... "Yes..... Paestum!" I answer... "A fantastic place where you can see Greek temples!" Hahaha, and than I mostly show them some photos of the Temples.
Bouleiterion was where the roman senate assembled. Near the forum, it is today overgrown by herbs in a fitting illustration of the passing over of roman republican traditions in the subsequent years.
It was amazing to see the temples... so impressive! Here is a detail of the columns of the temple of Athena.