Sicily Sights

Tempio Dorico (Doric Temple)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/03/2016

Fodor's Review

Segesta's imposing temple was actually started in the 5th century BC by the Elymian people, who may have been refugees from Troy. At the very least, evidence—they often sided with the Carthaginians, for example—indicates that they were non-Greeks. However, the style is in many ways Greek. The temple was never finished; the walls and roof never materialized, and the columns were never fluted. Wear comfortable shoes, as you need to park your car in the lot at the bottom of the hill and walk about five minutes up to the temple.

If you're up for a longer hike, a little more than 1 km (½ mile) away near the top of the hill are the remains of a fine theater with impressive views, especially at sunset, of the plains and the Bay of Castellammare. (There's also a shuttle bus that leaves every 30 minutes, €1.50 round-trip.) Concerts and plays are staged here in summer.

Sight Information

Address:

Calatafimi-Segesta, Calatafimi-Segesta, Sicily, 91013, Italy

Phone:

0924-952356

Sight Details:

  • €6
  • Apr.–early Oct., daily 8:30–7; early Oct.–late Oct., daily 8:30–6; late Oct.–Feb., daily 9–5; Mar., daily 9–6; last entry 1 hr before closing

Published 05/03/2016

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