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Postcard from Paestum, Italy

Greek temple in Paestum, Italy

Founded in the 6th Century BC by Greek settlers, most people now come to Paestum in Italy to see the Greek temples - monuments that are among the best preserved of the ancient Greek civilization.

And they are certainly worthwhile seeing. A few dollars at the gate and you can wander around at your heart's content. You can even just sit and look. Whatever you do you'll be entranced by the symmetry of the proportions of the three Greek temples.

  Paestum temple
Greek temple

The basilica is the oldest monument in Paestum. It has 18 columns down each side and 9 across the front and rear. It is dated back to the middle of the 6th Century BC.

(Right) The Temple of Ceres.

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