Tempio di Poseidon
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,545 contributions
Jul 2019
These two Doric columns of the Temple of Poseidon are all that remains of ancient Tarentum, once the largest Greek colony in southern Italy. The temple was founded presumably in the VI century BC. the name of Poseidon is also presumably, there are versions that it is dedicated to Artemis or Persephone. Very little is left... The merit of destroying the temple belongs, as usual, to the Christians. Having lost the ancient construction technologies, they dismantled the temple of Poseidon for the construction of their churches. It is a shame that at the beginning of the XVIII century there were 10 columns, but they were dismantled for the construction of another Church. Only these two beautifully illuminated columns remain. We were lucky that they were clearly visible from the windows of our Cuore de Borgo apartments.
Written March 15, 2020
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Superkatt
Sweden6,711 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
The only remains of an Archaic Temple of Poseidon from 580 BC are two wonderful Doric columns, proudly standing on a high ground of southern side of Old City of Taranto. The Ancient Acropolis of the spartan city of Taras was situated here on the small strip of land between two seas, and this magnificent Temple could be seen from a long distance from the sea. Later on more and more new layers of buildings were built on this land, roman, lombard, norman, aragonese etc., and old Temple became hidden under them, but fortunately rediscovered under the building project and renovated as good as it was possible. Many parts are missing, but with help of a little imagination is not difficult to imagine the former shape and feel the magnificence of this historical building.
Written July 10, 2015
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IDoLoveFood
Belgium667 contributions
Sep 2021
Not very impressive taking into account that these are possibly the only remnants of what must have been a rich history. On top of that, the centro storico is in decay and awaits a complete renovation. I ever this gets done, I expect you will no longer recognize it.
Written December 5, 2021
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Rita B
London, UK280 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
We parked outside the town hall and saw these two columns in the background, amazing to read their history and survival
Written May 5, 2016
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,655 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
These two Doric columns are the only what remained from the ancient Greek Temple, supposedly dedicated to Poseidon. There're located at the entrance to the run down old town at the left hand side. Just a pass by 2 min photo stop.
Written October 8, 2023
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK1,712 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
The Temple of Poseidon (or Doric Temple) is a peripteral (a type of ancient Greek or Roman temple surrounded by a portico with columns) of Doric order located in Piazza Castello in the centre of Taranto. Apparently it is the oldest temple of Magna Graecia and is the only place of Greek worship that can still be visited in the Ancient Village. In truth there is little left of the Temple to be seen but it’s still worth a quick view if nearby.
Written October 7, 2022
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dven8
Vicenza, Italy397 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
There is little left, but what is left is quite striking. Very interesting background and quite majestic remnants.
Written January 16, 2019
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Rasputin21
Ashburton, Australia2,202 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
The doric columns are all that are left of the supposed Temple of Poseidon. The columns had been incorporated into a church and dwelling and only when these were torn down that the size of the columns were discovered. There are also the remains of two other columns and a lot of other rubble. Hard to make out anything. A few photographs under glass provide information on the incorporation and discovery.
Written November 4, 2018
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Independent Travel Help
Liverpool, UK137 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
There are two columns which you will see as you walk around the old part of Taranto. It is good for a photo as you pass by.
Written September 7, 2018
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Carol K
New York City, NY440 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
This is a sight that you look at for a few minutes, so you can't say that it's superior or a must-see. But how many cities have remains of a large Doric temple of the 6th century BCE?? The remains are near the water's edge, so imagine the impression it must have made on people sailing into Taranto harbor in ancient times. How do we know that it dates from the 6th century BCE? Because the capitals flare out boldly, and the column shape seems to squeeze just below the capitals. Later Doric columns even out the proportions, as at the Parthenon in Athens.
Written January 21, 2018
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