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    Paestum Museum

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 25, 2006

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    The museum at Paestum shares the opening hours with the archaeological site. It is spread over three floors (the first floor was closed when I visited in April 2006) and includes great artifacts taken from the site. Lots of statues, vases, tools and busts were rescued during excavations.

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    Amphitheatre

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 25, 2006

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    The amphitheare would have been used for sporting events, games and displays. Today, you can enter the amphitheatre and also climb up small stairways (beside the entrance) for a higher view (from inside the window).

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    Agora

    by Jetgirly Updated Apr 25, 2006

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    Paestum's Agora

    The original Greek forum and marketplace (agora) was later built over by the Romans, who used the area as their forum. In the photo you will see a building from the 6th century BC, which served as either a real grave or an empty grave (known as a heroon), in honor of those who founded the city.

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    Temple of Ceres

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 19, 2006

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    Located apart from the other two temples, the Temple of Ceres is also incorrectly named, as scholars have found it was actually built in honor of Athena. It was built around 500 bc and is six columns by fourteen columns.

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    The Basilica (aka Temple of Hera)

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 19, 2006

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    The oldest of the temples that stand today at Paestum, the Temple of Hera feels much more subdued and restrained than its neighbour, the Temple of Neptune. At eighteen columns by nine columns, it is shorter and stouter than the other temples on the site. Here is the goddess of love and marriage, and it is believed that when the roof of the temple was remodelled the renovation was dedicated to Juno, the goddess of time.

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    Temple of Neptune

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 19, 2006

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    Six columns by fourteen columns, The Temple of Neptune is the best-preserved temple at the site. Today it is a dull red color, but in its heyday it was pure white with bands of red, black and blue. Scholars have been unable to conclude exactly which god was worshipped here, the name suggests Neptune/Poseidon but others believe the style is similar to other temples in which Apollo was worshipped.

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    Paestum's Walls

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 19, 2006

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    The ancient walls surrounding Paestum run for more than four and a half kilometers. Originally, twenty-eight towers stood along the walls, but few remain today (there is one at the southwest corner where you can actually ascend the wall and walk along it to the tower).

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    House with the marble impluvium

    by orlandom Updated Feb 13, 2006

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    House with the marble impluvium

    This is the house with the marble impluvium (rain basin), on porta marina road. Here you can admire one of most spacious homes of the roman Paestum. This home even had a big pool. Excavation has shown that the house was divided in two and the pool was filled in and replaced with a peristyle of brick columns faced with stucco, which have been restored and give a good idea of the portico occupying the space of the former pool.

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    Buffaloes near the ruins

    by metteks Written Sep 3, 2005

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    The buffaloes

    Near the ruins of Paestum lies a buffalo farm. You can smell it the buffaloes from the ruins, but I didn’t find it annoying.

    Along the driveway to the farm, there are fields of olives and fields where the buffaloes try to find shade. On the farm you can buy different kind of buffalo cheese and other farm products. You can also buy coffee and homemade cake to enjoy in the garden.

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    Museum of Paestum

    by orlandom Written May 25, 2005

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    Paestum Vase

    Paestum was the only center where the vase painters sometimes signed their wares with the exception of the apulian decorator lasimos. The signature is often painted, and sometimes it is scratched onto the surface of the vase. That is why they Know the name of 2 craftsmen: Assteas and Python

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    Temple of Hera ( The Basilica )

    by orlandom Updated May 25, 2005

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    The temple of Hera called the basilica because those who first described the site thought it was not a place of worship, but a civil building ,It is the oldest temple. It was built shortly after the middle of the 6 th century BC.

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    The Amphitheater

    by orlandom Updated May 25, 2005

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    The Amphitheater

    This is the main entrence to The Amphitheater.The Amphitheater is cut in half , the western half ,now national property, has been excavated and may be visited . The eastern half lies partly under the modern road and partly under privatly -owned land. The construction was carried out in 2 phases .1st phases was squared-off limestone blocks forming a monument of modest size in the 1st century BC . The Brick pillares erected outside to enlarge the building belong to the seconde phase 1 st century AD

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    The pool

    by orlandom Updated May 25, 2005

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    This area has been traditionally considered to be a Gymnasium .because the pool and surrounding structures were thought to have been designed for Gymnastic competitions. In fact this is a sanctuary for worship of the female goddess of fertility

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    The Ekklesiasterion

    by orlandom Updated May 25, 2005

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    The Ekklesiasterion was unearted 20 years ago.This is where all the adult male citizens,those entitled to participate in political life got togeather.(ekklesia) means assembly. The ekklesiasterion is 35 m by 9m . and could contain 1500 people. This monument was constructed in about 480 bc

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    Underground shrine

    by orlandom Written May 25, 2005

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    Underground Shrine

    This is a Shrine not a Tomb and 3 of it's 4 sides are underground The one that is not has no access to it . The excavators who climbed down into the interior through the roof found eight bronze vases containing honey, an Attic black-figured vase from the end of the 11th century bc,and 5 iron spears arrayed on 2 adjacent blocks to form a table-like structure . It is almost certain that this is a monument erected in honar of a person elevated to hero -status after Death

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