Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 13, 2022

Ancient ruins in Selinunte

Selinunte Archeoligical Park is the largest Archeological area in Europe…270 hectares with 7 temples, some in good condition. Selinunte was founded in the middle of the VII century BC. It developed over the next few centuries until it was destroyed by the Carthaginians in 409 BC

We visited on our recent trip to Sicily. We have been to several archeological sites and this one is not our favourite. The ticket office gives little indication of how to tackle the area. It is possible to take a ride around the park. We opted to walk, but once inside regretted that decision.
The temples are a long distance apart and on a hot day it would be a bit of a drag. We actually gave up after the first couple of temples.

The first one we came to was spectacular…Heraion Temple. It was discovered in 1823 then left until the 1950s when it was partially rebuilt.

The second, beside it, is a wonderful mess of fallen stones. The size of these bits makes you realise how amazing these workers must have been.

We could see another structure in the distance and started walking there, but gave up.

Agrigento offers a far better view of ancient life. It is much more compact and more interesting…It’s all Greek to me

Segesta is also an interesting place with a temple and an amphitheatre…Segesta…a temple in Sicily

We have also been to the Acropolis in Athens…Acropolis now

I guess we are a bit spoiled. If you go I would strongly suggest taking the transport.


  1. Looks like an interesting visit. We went to Paestum with Rafael not that long ago and it was also a great site to visit. Thank you for sharing.

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