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Greek Temple of Hera in Selinunte, Sicily.

Greek Temple Selinunte Sicily Italy Greek Temple Selinunte Sicily Italy

Greek Temple Selinunte Sicily Italy

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.

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6 responses

  1. Very nice HDRs and some glamour glow? 😉 I like your work!

    November 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  2. Thanks for this post. I am learning more about the Greek presence in what is now Italy. Eventually I will add it to my site, http://www.Visit-Ancient-Greece.com

    November 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    • Thanks Michael! This was really a fabulous place to visit. You should try to get to Sicily sometime.

      November 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  3. photoitaly

    Nice pictures! Next time you are in Sicliy, don’t forget to go to Segesta, the historical rival of Selinunte, the temple and the theatre are still there, in the middle of the sicilian countryside …the view leave you breathless!

    January 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

    • Thank so much! So little time, and so much to see! We will get back one day.

      January 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

  4. It’s most impressive how these structures still stand after all of this time. It might take an earthquake or deliberate human interference to bring them down. Hopefully, no one will be in perill if that happens.

    August 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

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