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The Greek Temples at Paestum

Signs of Ancient Greece near Amalfi Coast

Paestum Temple of NeptuneNot one, but three, well-preserved temples permit the visitor to experience, in one glance, the magnificence of what was and still remains the cradle and the origin of Western culture and civilization. Greece has left here, on the plains of Paestum, irrefutable traces of it's elegance, it's architectural skill, and it's refined appreciation for the cult of proportion and beauty. It has also left a place, unique in the world, for entering into the mysteries of the great esoteric cults and for appreciating, step by step, the evolution of the Doric style. The Basilica, a temple dedicated to Hera, dates from 540-530B.C. The Temple of Cerere, which is dedicated to Athena, was built at the end of the 6th century B.C.. The Temple of Neptune dates back to the 5th century B.C.. You can admire the remains of the Capitolium, a part of the Roman city at Paestum, with it's Corinthian capitals and friezes, it's metopes and triglyphs. To sum it all up, a stroll in a whole art history text book and the possibility to admire at first hand columns, friezes and classic colonnades in their maximum glory. The spectacle of the sun as it penetrates and projects shadows and perspectives on the gold of the temples, alone, is worth the trip. Without a doubt the air you breathe here is magic, the same air that is perceived and ties one to the great, important places of the world. Paestum, the perfect place for paying homage to great Mother Earth.

Not far from here is Certosa di San Lorenzo Padula the Certosa of San Lorenzo

Paestum Temple of HeraPaestum Capitals

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