The Greek temples of Paestum

An ancient civilisation that suffered from Mount Vesuvius’s terrible eruption of 79AD... not Pompeii, but Paestum. Unlike its more famous near-neighbour, Paestum is not defined by Vesuvius, but instead remains home to Italy’s best preserved Greek temples, three majestic Doric-columned edifices dedicated to Poseidon, Hera and Athena. A rich, elusive history comes alive here in these quiet, atmospheric remains: of successive worshipping civilisations, their deities and beliefs. The site was hidden from the world for centuries, only to be rediscovered several centuries ago, and remains a low-key treat. Unlike the crowds of Pompeii, at Paestum you can find yourself wandering alone among millennia of history.

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