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The ruins of Segesta, the most important town founded by the Elymians, ancient people of alleged eastern origin, lie on Monte Barbaro's slopes, overlooking the Gulf of Castellammare, that used to be its emporium. Selinunte's fierce rival, it was fought over by Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, then sacked and finally abandoned in the Middle Ages.
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More About Segesta
Remains of the Greek theater, the temple, the ancient city and of a sanctuary are scattered around one of Sicily's most fascinating archaeological site. On a hill alone stands the majestic fifth century BC Doric temple, boasting 6 columns on the fronts and 14 on the long sides. It's a model of classical perfection, although it's never been finished, as it lacks in funds.
On the mountain's top lies the huge third century BC shell-shaped Greek Theater, facing north and the sea, according to Hellenistic building tradition. Of the structure that could accommodate about 4,000 spectators remains the wide auditorium partly excavated in the rock with twenty bleachers; the semicircular orchestra with open access corridors and the partially destroyed stage with traces of two finely ornate side walls. Nowadays the Greek Theatre of Segesta is the extraordinary setting of classical and contemporary shows.
Just beside the theater stand the remains of the Acropolis, including the agora and some public and residential buildings; the Sanctuary, a fourth century BC vast sacred area with remains of some worship buildings, can be seen in Mango village, in Segesta's south-eastern part.