Yesterday I had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday traveling by a combination of bus and train to the town of
or “Poseidonia” as it was known. It was founded by Greeks from
in the sixth century BC and later in 273 BC colonized by the Romans who then Latinized the name. Sybaris
But by the ninth century a combination of malaria and Saracen raids led to the gradual abandonment of the city where it was overtaken by forests. This site was rediscovered again in the eighteen century when Charles III was building a road through there. When the trees were cut down, there were three intact Greek Temples.
The three impressive Doric temples are in the large area situated nearly in the centre of the town and constitute its sacred area.
Standing north of the Basilica stands Temple Hera II also known as the
is located near the entrance. It is a hexastyle Temple of Ceres of the end of the VI Century B.C. It is believed that this temple was dedicated to goddess AthenE-Minerva as evidenced by uncovered fragments of clay statuettes of AthenE and the name of the Goddess inscribed on the fragment of a vase. Doric Temple
My trip to Paestum was super long and involved taking two buses and a train, but I can't imagine this trip having missed such an opportunity to visit here. Seeing these amazing Greek Temples and in such a wonderful setting and at times with just me on the site was amazing! It was a very special way to spend this year's Thanksgiving!
Here are more photos and I hope to post more either later on this trip or once I get home.
|Entrance to Museum and where you buy your entrance tickets.|
|Entrance to Scavi Site|
|Wide shot of the grounds.|
|Walkway around the site.|
|Close up of some finds uncovered.|
Many thanks to everyone for leaving such cool comments and for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you all had a very wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday celebration.
Ciao for now...