Segesta, Sicily

The ancient site of Segesta struck me as much, if not more, than Cappella Palantina. It is completely different. An open air temple of a vastly older time without its roof, open to the elements. It is stunning and accompanied by an amphitheater overlooking the Gulf of Castellammare. The area has Greek, Arab, Cathaginian, Elmyians, and Christian remains.

Ruins on the site date to 500 BC. The Greek Temple was begun about 430 and abandoned after the Carthaginians drove them out in 418. On the site is a Greek amphitheater from the 200s, and the remains of their settlement as well as Norman time (1200 AD) mosque and church.

Can you imagine so much history in one place?

The most evocative for me was the never finished Greek Temple. It stands roofless with all it’s doric columns and entablature in place presenting endless framed photo opportunities. Set below a hill on its own promontory of open space it is so compelling.

Some pictures of the Temple, amphitheater and site.

The amphitheater and more of the setting.

The gulf in the background

Countryside around the site

Autostrada and gulf below the amphitheater

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