Si Trova: nel territorio di Calatafimi
Lat: 37° 56' 29.50977" N - Long: 12° 50' 7.266569" E
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Segesta is an ancient town whose archaeological park today is very important in Sicily, as for the Selinunte one.
It was founded by the Elimi (a local indigenous population) in an unknown date, later was Hellenized, and was the eternal rival of Selinunte.
This rivalry was due to the importance of the two towns.
Them managed to move major powers such as Syracuse, Athens and Carthage.
Allied with Carthage, Segesta was destroyed by Agatocle, tyrant of Syracuse, at the end of the 4th century BC.
Later was allied with the Romans.
It was probably later destroyed by the Vandals in the fifth century and never rebuilt in the dimensions of the previous period, but there remained a small settlement.
After the expulsion of the Arabs, the Normans built a castle that, expanded in the Swabian era, was the center of a small medieval village.
The name was almost lost until 1574, when the Dominican historian Tommaso Fazello located the site.
In Segesta you can admire one of the rare examples of ever-collapsed Doric temples, which today is one of the major attractions of the archaeological area of Segesta and of the whole Sicily.
It is one of the most remarkable examples of Doric style that remain today.
The theater is of equal beauty; partly carved into the rock, it is still used today for theatrical performances.
The panorama that you enjoy from it is unequaled.
In the town there is a big sanctuary, the walls with Porta di Valle, some residential areas and some monuments relevant to the medieval Segesta (walls, castle, mosque and village).
The agora and a very prestigious residential building called the "house of the navarca" remain about the Hellenistic-Roman town.
For contacts: tel 0924 952356.
Opening at 8:30 am closing at sunset.
Full ticket: 6.00 euros.
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