Selinunte 2005

Selinunte Travel Blog

 › entry 28 of 36 › view all entries
Model of the Site of Selinunte

Selinunte is an ancient archeological site on the southwest coast of Sicily containing a number of Greek temples centered on an acropolis dating to ~ 650 BC. It's origins are not precisely knows, but it is mentioned in the writings of Thucydides. It was the western most colony of Greece, and as such, brought it in contact and conflict with the Carthaginians. It was eventually destroyed by the Carthaginians ~ 250 BC and the inhabitants were relocated to Lilybaeum (known today as Marsala). The Greeks and the Carthaginians were always fighting with each other and Selinunte seems to have been one of those places that had it's share of trouble as a result. Like all great cities in ancient times, it eventually met its demise. This is really an impressive site of Greek ruins to visit on the coast of Southern Sicily, and it is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek period in Italy.

Near the Entrance to Selinunte
Here is an interesting link to Selinunte Excavations by the New York University (University of Fine Arts) that I found well presented for further information: A Brief History of the Site of Selinunte. I've visited the ruins many times between 1995 and 2005 during excursions in attending the School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy, and always find it a fascinating place to explore. On this occasion we visited the ruins as usual. There were a few options after that for the participants: continue swimming, visit some more ruins on the tour, or wander on your own. Regine and I discussed, and I suggested she see more ruins (as she had never visited), but I would choose the 'wander on your own' option. I preffered to take the opportunity to stroll about Castelvetrano, nearby Marinara di Selinunte. It was an interesting walk by myself to see the seashore here from a different perspective and shoot a few photos in Castelvetrano. I did this, bought some postcards and arrived back at the designated area for departure on time. We were all delayed a bit in waiting for Rino (the diretotor of the School) with some Italian students in tow.

sansan says:
Yearning to travel... the beauty of the Mediterranean, the dreamlike blue sea and sky and the heavy of culture and mysterious legend and ...
:)
Posted on: Mar 22, 2014
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Model of the Site of Selinunte
Model of the Site of Selinunte
Near the Entrance to Selinunte
Near the Entrance to Selinunte
Pretty flowers
Pretty flowers
Approaching Selinunte temple
Approaching Selinunte temple
Temple E (dedicated to Hera)
Temple E (dedicated to Hera)
Ready for touring Selinunte
Ready for touring Selinunte
These little guys were all over th…
These little guys were all over t…
Participants gather for a lecture
Participants gather for a lecture
Participants touring I
Participants touring I
Participants touring II
Participants touring II
Participants touring III
Participants touring III
Temple and sky
Temple and sky
Temples in ruins (Temple G in back…
Temples in ruins (Temple G in bac…
Temple columns
Temple columns
Soloman and Regine at Selinunte
Soloman and Regine at Selinunte
Students at Selinunte
Students at Selinunte
Column Conversation I
Column Conversation I
Column Conversation II
Column Conversation II
Group lecture (Im exploring - see…
Group lecture (I'm exploring - se…
Impressive
Impressive
Selinunte ruins extending to the c…
Selinunte ruins extending to the …
Selinunte Shadows
Selinunte Shadows
Selinunte (Temple E) by the sea
Selinunte (Temple E) by the sea
Distant vistas inland
Distant vistas inland
Temple construction (Temple C) on …
Temple construction (Temple C) on…
Marinella di Selinunte Selinunte B…
Marinella di Selinunte Selinunte …
Marinella di Selinunte Beach (got …
Marinella di Selinunte Beach (got…
Marinella di Selinunte (Restaurant…
Marinella di Selinunte (Restauran…
I strayed over into Castelvetrano
I strayed over into Castelvetrano
Castelvetrano (window bust)
Castelvetrano (window bust)
Castelvetrano (window bust - zoom)
Castelvetrano (window bust - zoom)
Castelvetrano coastline
Castelvetrano coastline
Italian Gelato
Italian Gelato
Marinella di Selinunte (Restaurant…
Marinella di Selinunte (Restauran…
Waiting for Rino - coming back fro…
Waiting for Rino - coming back fr…
Selinunte
photo by: spocklogic