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Another structure of historical interest at Segesta is the wonderfully located Doric temple, seen here from the winding road about half way between it and the Greek theatre shown in my previous photo. It is one of the most complete and intact temples of the ancient world, probably built around 420BC - not by the Greeks, though, but by the indigenous Elymians, who were descended from colonists from Troy.

The temple is, of course, lacking a roof, and there are no interior remains. Quite likely, according to my online reading, it was never completed, and even this shot, if seen at full size, reveals the lack of fluting in the 36 columns. It has been theorised that the construction was abandoned when the Carthaginians gained control of the area. Scholars continue to debate the questions of why the Elymi built a more or less Greek temple, and to which god it was dedicated to.

One can leave Sicily 'all Greek-templed out' ie. almost exhausted by the sheer number of them, as I discovered. This one was the first I visited, and remained my favourite, for its magnificent elevated location and smaller number of visitors.

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