Greek Temple of Hera in Selinunte, Sicily.
3 images from Selinunte, Sicily (Motherland Tour Stop 3)
The ruins of Selinunte are some of the most impressive of the ancient Greeks. Selinunte was once one of the richest and most powerful cities in the world. Established in 628 BC, it was the most westerly of the Greek colonies, and grew to approximately 100,000 inhabitants. It was sacked and destroyed in 409 BC by Hannibal and the Carthaginians, and lay in ruin until excavations began in 1823.
Unlike the majority of Greek and Roman ruins in other countries, the Selinunte ruins are wide open to the public, allowing you to stroll in the temples and climb on rubble, which makes for a much more engaging experience, especially for the children. Views from the ruins over the Sea are spectacular, and this area is well worth the day trip. I don’t, however, recommend staying overnight in the nearby village as it has no appeal and is fairly run down and depressing.
Images were created from 3 handheld shots bracketed at 2 stops and combined with Photomatix. Please excuse the rain on the lens, it was terrible weather and my trusty camera assistant was off playing in the rubble.