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One of the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, Selinunte was the outpost of Greek expansion in Sicily. It's located within the municipality of Castelvetrano, where is the Civic Museum preserving the famous Ephebe of Selinunte, a precious Greek bronze statue found during excavations in 1882.
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More About Selinunte
Selinunte was founded in the seventh century BC on a hill near river Selinos' (nowadays named Modione) mouth, where it grew wild celery (Selinon), hence its name. Selinunte reached great importance and prosperity, but because of its disputes with neighboring Segesta, it had a short-lived story. In its heyday, before being destroyed by the Carthaginians in the third century BC, it counted more than 80,000 inhabitants and was one of the first Sicilian cities to mint coins.
Remains of monuments and temples are scattered around the archaeological park stretching over 40 hectares. The Acropolis is overhanging the sea, the settlement lies on the Mannuzza hill and a sacred area occupies the western hill. On the eastern hill stand
the nine fifth-sixth centuries BC temples, named with letters because so far it's still unknown to whom they were dedicated.
Temple E, considered Sicily's most perfect example of Doric style, supposedly dedicated to Hera it has a peristyle with six columns on the front and 15 on the long side. Due to its grandeur, temple G probably was dedicated to Zeus. Although it has never been finished, it was a majestic temple, measuring 113 meters long by 54 wide and has columns up to 3 meters large.
The sixth century BC Doric temple C is 63 meter long boasting 42 columns and it's so far Selinunte's most stunning temple. Across the river, on Gaggera hill stand the sixth century BC Sanctuary of Malophoros. presumably dedicated to Demeter. It's surrounded by a boundary wall, containing some votive altars and and the shrine of the goddess.