"Segesta - Temples in the Hills of Sicily" Segesta by MikeAtSea
Segesta Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 51 photos
Segesta or Egeste stands in an enchanting location among red, brown and ochre coloured hills that contrast with various shades of green. The Archaeological Park is overlooked by the imposing Doric Temple.
The ancient city of Segesta was probably found by Elymians and at the time was the most important settlement in the Mediterranean Basin, as borne out by the superb remains of several monumental buildings.
Segesta was destroyed by the Syracuse tyrant Agathocles at the end of the 4th century BC. However at the start of the first Punic war the city was reborn, allying itself with Rome. The south-eastern zone was residential while the public buildings, such as the Greek Theatre were to the north.
Settled by Byzantine, Arab and lastly Latin communities, the city was progressively abandoned from the Suevian period onwards.
To access the antique town from the valley one can either walk the 1,5 km or alternatively use a bus shuttle from the... more travel advice
The ruins of a small church once dedicated to St. Leone in a multi stratified area between the Castle and the Theatre.... more travel advice
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