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Selinunte, Selinunte

Sicily, Italy, Europe: Ruins of the Temple of Selinunte, Sicily.
Selinunte , Sicily
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Spread over roughly a mile, this huge ruined city on Sicily's southwestern coast was founded in 628 B.C., and subsequently became one of the richest and most powerful in Ancient Greece. Today, the remains of its many temples (which are so ancient that their names are no longer known) are still astounding: Vast fragments of Doric columns have been hurled about in all directions, and colossal piles of carved marble lie where the temples once stood. Carvings from the Selinunte temples are now on display in the archaeological museum in Palermo; their quality is on a par with the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon in Athens. Before leaving the area, stroll along Selinunte's beach—the marvelous panoramas of the temples will leave you breathless.

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