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Paestum - Italy

Greek Temple, Paestum Temple of Hera, Paestum

Paestum is a small town, with the remains of an ancient Greek colony at its centre. These ruins hold three massive Greek temples, some of the best preserved monuments of the ancient Greek world.

The ruins are much quieter than those at Pompeii and are spread out over a large site that was the public area of the city. Most of the buildings have not lasted very well with just the layout of the walls remaining, although it's easy to imagine what some would have looked like after seeing Herculaneum - many of the houses were Roman and built in the same style. However the temples, dedicated to Athena, Poseidon and Hera, are incredible and date from 600-500BC. Most of the columns are intact, as are the lintels and beams and the temples look much like they would have done 2500 years ago.

The archaeological site at Paestum is well worth a visit, being only an hour or so from the Roman ruins at Pompeii. There is only enough to see for a few hours, however the coast and beaches here are fantastic.

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