Monday, February 28, 2011

Paestum

Paestum is one of Italy's greatest archaeological sites, but not for anything Roman nor Italian. In the 6th century BC the Greeks established a colony here, Poseidonia, one of scores they established after the end of the Bronze Age, all over the Mediterannean and Black Seas. What is notable at Paestum are three 6th and 5th century Doric temples, largely intact, older and better preserved than anything you will see in Greece.
Temple of Apollo, 5th century BCE















Remains of theatre, much buried beneath a 19th century road















The Ekklesiasterion--a meeting place for citizens--established
by the Lucanians, indigenous folk who took over from the
Greeks

















Temple of Athena, on an artificial mound, to be above the
others 




Baths















More of the civic area, looking north to the mountains















Main street




















Us at the Temple of Apollo















Temple of Apollo















Temple of Hera...really old...550BC















A forest of ancient Doric columns

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