"Segesta - Temples in the Hills of Sicily" Segesta by MikeAtSea

Segesta Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 62 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.

  • Last visit to Segesta: Nov 2007
  • Intro Written Nov 12, 2007
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    Nov 24, 2007 at 2:40 AM

    Good! I'm happy to read new tips about this part of Sicily....I love this area and the nature...good work


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