Photographer's Note

Paestum - Temple of Poseidon.

The site of Paestum is only 40 km from Salerno and houses the oldest and most beautiful Doric temples preserved till today in Magna Grecia, the Greek colonies established in southern Italy.
Paestum was founded around 650 BC by a group of Dorians escaped from Sybaris, a city on the coast of the Ionian Sea. The first name of Paestum was Poseidonia, after Poseidon, the God of Sea of the ancient Greeks.
When it was conquered by the Romans in 273 BC, its name changed in Paestum. It was partially destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvium, which completely buried under dozen meters of ashes Pompei in 79 BC.
Three very famous holy buildings can be seen within the archaelogical site. The most ancient is the Temple of Hera (known as Basilica) whose construction began in 550 BC. By it there is the Temple of Poseidon, the best preserved of Paestum with its 6 column wide front and 13 column long side. The third is the Temple of Athena which is the smallest in the site and was erected around 500 BC.

Among all shots I captured with my wife during our visit to Paestum, this one is my favourite, given the presence of a "classical-educated Paestum visitor", with his white Panama hat, and a heavy and detailed guide in his hand.

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