Paestum

Paestum… the Greek Ruins.

Paestum is one of the most important archeological sites of Italy. It was founded around 600 BC by Greek colonists from Sibari, under the name of Poseidonia.

The museum includes the famous Methopes, low reliefs in the Doric style of the 6th century BC, which formed part of a small temple, near the Temple of Hera at the mouth of the Sele River. Also of extreme importance are the funerary paintings found in numerous tombs, the most famous of these being the Tomb of the Diver.

Reached through the “Sacred Way”, the Temple of Hera (Juno), built in the 6th century BC, the peristyle of which comprises 50 archaic fluted columns; the Temple of Neptune (the Greek Poseidon) dating from the mid 5th century BC, in an admirably pure Doric style; the Forum; the Roman amphitheatre; and the Temple of Caeres.

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