Parco Archeologico di Selinunte

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The ancient Greek metropolis of Selinunte was built in the 7th century BC on a promontory overlooking the sea, and over two and a half centuries became one of the world's richest and most powerful cities. Destroyed by the Carthaginians in 409 BC, it finally fell to the Romans around 250 BC, after which it rapidly declined. Today's sprawling archaeological site is divided into four main zones: the eastern temples, the acropolis, the ancient city and the Sanctuary of Malophoros.

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1. Temple E


Built in the 5th century BC and reconstructed in 1958, the majestic Temple E stands out among Selinunte's eastern group due to its completeness. As you…

2. Eastern Temples

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The eastern temples are the most stunning of all Selinunte's ruins, crowned by the majestic Temple E. Built in the 5th century BC and reconstructed in…

3. Temple F

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Now reduced to a massive pile of rubble, Temple F is one of Selinunte's three eastern temples.

4. Temple G


The northernmost of Selinunte's eastern temples, Temple G was built in the 6th century BC and, although never completed, was one of the largest temples in…

5. Lido di Zabbara

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No visit to Selinunte is complete without a walk along this attractive stretch of beach below the archaeological site, which affords marvellous views back…

6. Temple B

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Up on Selinunte's Acropolis, this smaller temple dates from the Hellenistic period and could have been dedicated to the Agrigentan physiologist and…

7. Acropolis

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The Acropolis, the heart of Selinunte's political and social life, occupies a slanted plateau overlooking the now-silted-up Gorgo di Cottone. Huddled in…

8. Temple C

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Virtually the symbol of Selinunte, Temple C is the oldest temple on the site, built in the middle of the 6th century BC. The stunning metopes found by…