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"Temple E" - Archaeological Park of Selinunte, Sicily


Kitchener, Canada

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Featured in “The Sunny Days & Blue Skies Photography Group” on January 8th 2011

The site of this important Siceliot (Sicilian-Greek) city of antiquity bears the ruins of an acropolis and numerous temples, though much of what is standing today was reconstructed from pieces found in the vicinity. The city was founded in the seventh century BC (BCE), and effectively destroyed in 409 BC. The glory of ancient Selinus lasted for about two centuries, when it was one of the most progressive Greek cities in Sicily, famous throughout Magna Graecia.

The site’s temples are identified by letter. Some of the famed “metopes,” stone-carved panels depicting various scenes from Greek mythology, currently on display in Palermo’s regional archeological museum, came from Temple E.

The original “Temple E” was a Doric peripteral temple, with six columns in the front and fifteen on the sides. It was built in the first half of the fifth century B.C. Some interpretations suggest that the temple was consecrated to the cult of Hera.

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Taken: March 31 2010 – Selinunte, Sicily

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