An early-morning, one-and-a-half-hour bus ride brought us to the beautiful ancient archeological site of Selinunte, located on the south coast of Sicily. The name of the ancient town comes from a celery-like plant called selinon which they used to treat malaria.
The first temple we viewed was Temple E (background). The temples at the site did not have names because experts are still unsure who the temples were dedicated to, though there has been much speculation. This particular temple (E) is believed to be dedicated to Hera. In the foreground is Temple F, a massive temple which was mostly in ruins.
Pictured is the main road of the acropolis in Selinunte, which could have at one point been home to at least 80,000 total residents, if not more. Around the acropolis were all the temples (A, B, C, E, F, G, and O), though A and B are not visible today. Acropolis is a Greek word literally meaning “city on the extremity,” or highest city.
The acropolis at Selinunte was built on a hill with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. This was one of those views.
Caroline, Sam, Aundra, Maria