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Greek Temples of Paestum

Paestum, Capaccio-Paestum, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Paestum
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: Founded by Greek colonists, the ancient city of Poseidonia dates from 600 B.C. It was abandoned for centuries, but the remarkably well-preserved Greek temples were excavated in the mid-18th century.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Both the site itself and the museum were very interesting. We arrived in town in the late afternoon, but still had time to visit the outdoor site before it closed at 1600 and then we went to the museum and spend the evening there until they closed. We enjoyed the site a lot. You get a good sense of the... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The ruins of this magnificent site are just wonderful. We hesitated about going because it's an hour driving from Salerno, but finally we decided to go. I'm glad we did it! The ticket's museum it's included in the entrance's fee and its big and full of interesting information. There is plenty of parking and at cheap price. The site could... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

These ruins are really worth seeing, even though they are a bit off the beaten path. The three temples from the 5th and 6th centuries BC dominate the site, and they are stunning to see when they are lit at night. The site covers several acres of open grasslands that have a park-like feel, so it's really pleasant to walk... More

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Sandwich Massachusetts USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The Archaeological Site has three beautiful Doric Temples from 5th and 6th century BC in excellent condition,they are among the best in the Western Mediterranean. There is also an excellent Museum to visit.

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Austin, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

These Greek Temples are amazing, and worth the trek to see them. I was visiting in March and happened to get there about an hour before closing. Seeing these ruins was like stepping back in time. Then seeing them at sunset, with the place to ourselves was even more moving. The temples are in amazing condition, and while you can't... More

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Denver, Colorado
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The three temples are simply overpowering, photogenic, colorful, examples of superb ancient design, architecture, and engineering. Why the ancient Greeks built three large temples so close together is a puzzle, but you don't have to walk far to see them all. Why they are still standing and haven't collapsed or even partially tilted or sunk into the ground is a... More

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Hermosa Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Ruins are in excellent condition. Combine these with the Greek ruins in Agrigento, Sicily and you can skip a trip to Greece :-)

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We were traveling from the Amalfi peninsula (stayed in Sorrento) towards Matera. We decided to zag south to Paestum for a look. We were well-rewarded (and the weather was perfect for this outdoor attraction). The stately Greek temples are in good shape, and the other features provide a good sense of what the times were like. With a little imagination,... More

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Roxbury, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were amazed at the beauty of Paestum. You can wonder the Greek ruins in peace, without the masses of tourists. In addition to the 3 well preserved temples, the Paestum ruins also offer other attractions, such as homes, arena, etc... It is a short drive south of Pompei and the Amalfi Coast.. Don't miss the museum while there. Beautiful... More

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Leander, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Peaceful, hauntingly beautiful ruins of what must have been a great city/settlement. The people that settled here had a fantastic drive and focus to build the temples that still stand today. Fine examples of Grecian architecture outside of Greece. Sit somewhere and gaze out over the scene and try to imagine you are back in a thriving city,under construction. Sadly... More

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