Paestum

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Paestum HISTORY

Paestum is a Greco-Roman site located south of Naples which contains the stunning remains of three ancient Greek temples which still stand tall today.

Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century BC, Paestum was originally known as Poseidonia, named for the Greek god Poseidon. The city was captured by the Romans in 273BC after the Pyrrhic Wars and became the thriving Roman settlement of Paestum.

However, the changing climate and political upheavals of the later Roman Empire saw Paestum begin to decline in the early medieval period and by the turn of the millennium the site had been abandoned – it was not rediscovered until the 18th century.

Today, visitors to Paestum can still see the spectacular temples – the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Neptune and the Temple of Ceres (thought by some to be a temple of Athena).

The site also contains impressive defensive walls, a Roman forum, the basic remains of a Roman amphitheatre and a number of ancient tombs. Paestum also boasts an early Christian church and Paestum Museum, which has a wealth of information about the local sites. This site also features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Italy.

Paestum TOURIST INFORMATION

DIRECTIONS TO Paestum

By Train: Visitors can get the train from Naples to Paestum railway station which is walking distance from the temples. By Car: Take the A3 to Battipaglia and then highway 18 to Paestum.

LOCAL AMENITIES

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Paestum OPENING TIMES AND TICKET PRICES

The Paestum sites are open from 9am until late afternoon while Paestum Museum is open from 9am – 7pm. The museum is closed on the first and third Mondays each month. Entry costs €4 for the museum and €6.50 for the site and Paestum museum.

Paestum HISTORIC INFORMATION

NAME: Paestum
CONTINENT: EUROPE
Alt Name: Poseidonia
Country: Italy
Period: Ancient Greece
Sub-Region: -
Date: 1000BC - 501BC
City/Town: Paestum
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Resorts: Paestum, Sorrento, Napoli,

CONTACT DETAILS

Paestum ADDRESS

Paestum, Via Magna Grecia, Italy

Paestum PHONE NUMBER

+39 (0)828 811016

Paestum EMAIL

info@infopaestum.it

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Viv Rayner 29 Nov, 2013

Wonderful site - well worth a visit. I was fascinated to see the how the stone pads of the doric columns had deformed over time.

David Bump 13 Jul, 2012

It was also during this century that Herculaneum and Pompeii were first excavated (p. 501), "and in 1752 the majestic temples built by Greek colonists at Paestum were recovered from the jungle growth of darkened centuries." from: 'The Age of Voltaire' ('The Story of Civilization: Part IX'), "A History of Civilization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy" by Will and Ariel Durant, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1965.

chris dunkel
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one of the best things i have seen