Segesta was one of the major cities of the Elymians, one of the three indigenous peoples of Sicily. The hellenization of Segesta happened very early and had a profound effect on its people.

On a hill just outside the site of the ancient city of Segesta lies an unusually well preserved Doric temple. It is thought to have been built in the 420s BC by an Athenian architect, despite the city not having a large Greek population. The temple has six by fourteen columns on a base measuring 21 by 56 meters, on a platform three steps high. Several elements suggest that the temple was never finished. The columns have not been fluted as they normally would have been in a Doric temple and there are still bosses present in the blocks of the base (used for lifting the blocks into place but then normally removed). The temple also lacks a cella, any ornamentation, altar or deity dedication, and was never roofed over. The temple escaped destruction by the Carthaginians in the late 5th century.



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Founded: 420 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Green Rock (5 months ago)
can NOT go in or buy tickets after 3:30pm!!! it does not say this anywhere in the website or signs! drove three hours to not get in. very disappointed. wish we could go in, it looked beautiful from afar..
Peter Nagy (6 months ago)
Amazing scene in an amazing place. You can feel the history there. Don't miss it out.
Julia Bauer (7 months ago)
This place is fantastic! In my subjective opinion even better than Valley of Temples. Cause it’s smaller, cheaper and the amphitheater has a stunning view!! We loved this place!
Raphael Nolden (10 months ago)
Amazing archeological site with a stunning temple and an amphitheatre. It also has the ruins of the oldest mosque in Sicily. Well worth a visit!
Thomas Rimml (10 months ago)
Very worthwhile the visit. Impressive how things were build thousands of years ago. Nice grounds to walk around, great views. Entry on July 21 was EUR 6/Per. Parking is extra but does include the shuttle from the Parking to the site and back. Bring a hat & water, very little shade when you are roaming around.
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