must for lovers of the classic history
a little far from the usual routes
a jewel near the sea
We strolled along the very rugged and bumpy grid patterned roads in the west group and came towards the North Gate at the end farthest from where we entered this part of the site. The North Gate was one of the main entryways into the city and part of the defensive system. As we walked around the North Gate area, we were able to see semicircular...more
Temple C is located just beyond the Acropolis, the upright monument that stands in the midst of all this rubble. Temple C dates back to 580 BC and is situated next to a megaron (great hall) complex that stands 18 x 5 meters (58 x 18 feet).The main attraction in this area is the Acropolis, which stands tall and proud while being surrounded by piles...more
Temple A/O are combined because there really isn’t that much left of Temple O (only the stylobate remains – the top step on which the columns rested). Temple A also contains a stylobate but with some column drums atop it. There are also some remains of the impressive entrance to this temple which was built in 490 BC. Both Temples A and O are...more
There isn’t too much known about this Temple, which is really in a state of ruins with stones piled on one another. Temple F is believed to be the oldest temple on this hill, possibly dating back to 560 BC. It is a little smaller than Temple E and sits between that temple and the much larger ruins of Temple G.We were able to see columns that had...more
Temple G is the largest temple in Selinunte with a size of 110 x 50 meters (360 x 164 feet) and the second largest Sicilian temple (the Olympieion at Agrigento is bigger). Today it is a pile of stones but originally would have been similar to the Parthenon. It is believed that this temple dates back to the 6th century BC but was never finished. It...more
For me, Temple E was the most impressive of all the structures in the park. But this could be simply because I am a very visual person and Temple E has been reconstructed to give the visitor an idea of what the temples looked like. With the exception of the Acropolis, the other temples were more like piles of massive stones with which one had to...more
There are two parking lots in Selinunte, but you need to begin your time at the site with the first parking lot because this is where you purchase your tickets. Parking was free. We paid €6/person (2012 prices) to enter and see the entire site. There is a bookshop at the ticket counter. If you do not have any information about what you will be...more
It seems almost impossible that two jewels, one of historical importance and the other of natural one are so close to each other. Just a few hundred meters away from the archaeological treasures of Selinunte is the Belice River Mouth Nature Reserve home to natural landscapes. It is a dune habitat along the river mouth and many species of animals...more
A small Museum can be visited at the Southern Area of Selinunte. Here one can find a small collection of items that have been excavated near by. The main collection of artefacts found at the antiquity site can be find in various museum around Sicily the main one being the Castelvetrano Civic Museum.more
The Greeks had a very eloquent name for the areas used for burying and venerating the dead, calling them necropolises, in other words city of the dead. In Selinunte the necropolises have only been partial excavated because they are often situated on private property. However some of the tombs are on display.more
The name travellers house has only been used in the twentieth century as reference to the building that one can see at the Southern tip of the Selinunte Acropolis right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea. The name comes from the fact that the building was often used to house travellers and researchers visiting the ruins of the Greek city....more
Temple D was only build twenty years after Temple C at a time that appears to be the most important architectural time of Selinunte. It is presumed that the temple was dedicated to Athena, due to its proximity to the temple of Apollo. The layout of the temples is very similar, though Temple D was much smaller.more
The oldest, biggest and most important religious building of the Acropolis dating to the mid sixth century BC, one believes that the temple was dedicated to Apolo. It is 63.70 meters long, 24 meters wide and the naos measures 41.53 x 10.40 meters. The fourteen re-erected columns dominate the Acropolis offering a spectacular view of the northern...more
The remains of the walls surrounding the Acropolis of Selinunte send out a strong message, marking out the citadel and being well visible even from a distance. The walls that one can see today are not those of the archaic-classical city. One knows very little about the fortifications, however one believes that they were constructed in three phases...more
Begun in the sixth century BC, it was dedicated to Zeus. The work continued for about a century. The town’s main religious building, it measures 110.36 x 50.10 meters at the stylobate. An octastyle peripteral temple with 17 columns at the side. By glancing at the this temple one will realise that it was a colossal construction, by far the biggest...more
The oldest of the temples on the Eastern Hill, it was built around the mid 6th century BC dedicated to Athena or Dionysus. A peripteral temple with 4 x 14 columns over 9 meters high. It is the smallest of the temples on the Eastern hill. This type of temple is characterised by a wall, in this case 4.7 meters high and 0.37 m thick. For centuries the...more
Temple E is the only one of the gigantic temples of Selinunte to have been almost entirely re-erected and partially rebuilt. Thus, it dominates not only the Eastern Hil but the whole park. When visiting this temple one should not forget that it is only a partial reconstruction that was carried out in the 1950’s. This temple dates back to 460 – 450...more
This restored temple of 38 (15x6) Doric columns was erected and topped by an architrave and bits of freize with triglyphs(some metopes that were found are safely in Palermo).The columns are fluted and taper toward the tops. The whole stands on a stepped platform. (Our picture leads our overview-intro to Sicily). A goodly portion of the stone block...more
Many of the buildings of the acropolis (= high town) are still "readable". And the streets, too.... like this piece of main street, that seems to dive in the mediterranean!Note that the acropolis has its own temples, but it stands on a different hill in respect of the "temples" zone, that was probably an area dedicated only to sacred buildings.more
What you can see today was rebuild about a century ago with the bites and pieces found in the place... and it is always discussed if this is a correct way to approach ancient ruins.Whatever you may think, in my opinion this is one of the best greek temples in the world...... Add that you can take a swim looking at it.... wonderful!You can see some...more
Strada Statale 115, Marinella di Selinunte, 91022, Italy
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Contrada Belice di Mare 3, Marinella di Selinunte, 91022, Italy
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Via Pigafetta, 2, Marinella di Selinunte, 91022, Italy
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We drove our rental car from Palermo to Selinunte; a drive that was only about 1 ½ hours mostly on highway until you get close to Selinunte. From Palermo we traveled on the A29 through the city and along the coast. As we left the coast and the road turned inland, we found beautiful agricultural valleys. We continued on admiring the views until we came to the Castelventrano exit, at which time we could follow the signs to Selinunte while driving on the SS115. This was a two-lane road that took us past some small towns, farmlands, and rural shopping areas. Before we knew it, we were in Selinunte – still following the signs. At the roundabout we turned right which brought us right into the parking lot and visitors center of the archeological site.
On our return, we didn’t go directly back to Palermo but rather returned to the A29, picking up where we left off and drove until the A29 ended and we were on country roads. We had decided to head along the coast to Trapani and Erice on our way back to Palermo. It was a pleasant change from the highway and we were able to see more of Sicily from our car windows as we drove by.
Dress light and bring a lite hat, too
Photo Equipment: Of course you need it. Too many things deserve a picture
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you go during summer, don't forget to bring lots of water..... to drink it and to pour it on your head! When the visit is over, think of taking a bath in the sea just under the acropolis...(I did it exactly where the pictures, taken from acroplois, points. It was great!). So wear a swimsuit, too!
The temples area is huge... (see the temples in background from the acropolis in the picture here).
Be prepared to walk a lot... If you are lazy, there are little electric carts that run along the whole area... a little expencive but very nice!