Cave di Cusa was an ancient stone quarry in Sicily. This site was quarried beginning in the first half of the 6th century BC and its stone was used to construct the temples in the ancient Greek city Selinunte. It was abandoned in 409 BC when the city was captured by the Carthaginians. It is now an official Sicilian Archeological Zone and a popular tourist site.

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Founded: 559 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Phil Bradbury (4 months ago)
Enormous sections of stone columns abandoned mid manufacture. Fascinating.
Eben Cooper (2 years ago)
Great site if your an archaeologist and pretty interesting if you have an interest in old stuff. Seems a bit past it's tourist peak but the paths are maintained and the park is great being so empty. Easy to explore and have the place to yourselves!
Mike Tommasi (2 years ago)
Quarry used in ancient times to prepare stones for temple constructiin
john silk (2 years ago)
A very quiet place in the country outside Selenunte which was in ancient times the quarry for stone for the temples of that city. The huge drums for the columns of these buildings were cut from solid rock. When the city was sacked ( I think by Hannible who was a bit of a bother boy in bygone times) the workers just downed tools and headed for the hills. As you would. In several places column drums have just been left abandoned where they lay. Others are still partially cut from the rock but never finished. The site seems little visited and is ideal for a picnic. There is a parking area outside the site and easy walking paths. It is best visited by car though I believe some local tours also take it in. If you have time for some peace and quiet, check it out.
Csongor Kristo (2 years ago)
Amazing place. Worth go visit.
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