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In the VIth and the Vth BC, Selinunte was one of the most important Greek cities with about 100.000 inhabitants. Giving up its alliance with Carthage, it joined Syracuse after the victory of Gelon of Syracuse in -480 against the Carthaginians at the battle of Himera.
It was opposed a long time to Segesta, its close rival city located about 45 km northward. But in -409, the armies of Hannibal allied with Segesta destroyed the city without any pity.


Temple E - Eastern zone of Selinunte

The site includes an important fortified acropolis which overhangs the sea. There are five temples more or less well preserved, built between the medium of the VIth century and the beginning of the Vth.
selinunte in SicilyThe ancient city was extended northward from the acropolis, this part was very few excavated until today. On the eastern zone, at about 700 m far from the acropolis, two large temples were built, one of its was raised - temple E – it is the best preserved of the archaeological site, dating from the Vth BC.

Photos and monuments of Selinunte
Map of Selinunte



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