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Selinunte Highlights

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     must for lovers of the classic history 

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     a little far from the usual routes 

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     a jewel near the sea 

Selinunte Things to Do

  • The Belice River Nature Reserve

    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...

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  • The Museum

    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.

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  • The Necropolis

    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.

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  • Floor Mosaics

    In the pronaos of Temple A it is possible to see floor mosaics from the Punic ear, depicting Tanit the Phoenician goddess of fertility, the caduceaus and a bull’s head surrounded by laurel wealth.

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  • Travellers House

    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....

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  • The Southern Area

    The Southern Area is a pretty garden surrounding it is an open-air Antiquarium. One can find measuring tables for dry food, clay vases, anchors and other items simply lying around in the garden.

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  • Temple D

    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.

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  • Temple C

    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...

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  • Temple A

    This is another religious building and one of the most recent built on the Acropolis. Of harmonious and perfect forms it consisted of a hexastyle peripteral temple measuring 40.24 x 16.23 meters at the stylobate consisting of 36 columns.

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  • Temple O

    A religious building dating to the first half of the fifth century it is like Temple A one of the most recent buildings of the Acropolis. A peripteral temple with 6 x 14 columns, however only the base remains.

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  • The Fortifications

    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...

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  • Temple G

    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...

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  • Temple F

    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...

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  • Temple E

    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...

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  • Temple E

    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...

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  • A little bridge

    very little but.... very old bridge, just outside the north gate of the "new" walls of selinunte (dating 4th century BC).....So massive fortifications, but they were not able to save the town fron the attacks from Chartago....

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  • The acropolis

    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.

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  • The re-built temple

    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...

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  • temple's metopes

    The metopes (sculpted decorations) of the temples are beautiful.... only they are now in Palermo, in the Regional Archaeological Museum in PalermoSee one here... and the rest in palermo, if you can. It is worth a trip!

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  • The front of the re-built temple

    Another picture of the re-built temple. It was raised again using the original stones...Do not count during your visit on too many tree's shadows... the ones you see in the picture nearly the only ones all around the temple's zone...

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  • A fallen temple

    One of the fallen temples... Impressive ruins still make the temples "readable", with some funny effects....If you think the ruins has not to be touched at all, here you can be happy... just a few meters from the rebuilt one!

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    Bathing under the temples....!

    by effeti Updated Mar 29, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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!

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    Temples from the acropolis

    by effeti Updated Nov 5, 2003

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    Favorite thing: 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!

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