Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Lets Travel To: Agrigento, Selinute, Segesta, Italy

In the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento-Concordia Temple

Doric Temple-Segesta, Italy

Greek Amphitheater-Segesta, Italy

Temple C, largest Temple at Selinunte, Italy
Discover Sicilian fashion.

Per Travel Snapshots, Italy(Fabio Bourbon and Paola Aghina), the above pictures are some of the oldest remains of ancient Sicily.  The buildings was classical.  Have you ever thought about how old the above temples are?

Agrigento, Italy founded around 581 BC.  The biggest draw to Agrigento is the Valley of the Temples.
Segesta, Italy founded sometime around 580-576 BC
Selinunte, Italy (celery is derived from this name somehow!) founded 409 BC

I can imagine walking among the ruins, visualizing the people of that time.  The chariot races, the forums, how about the baths and walking among the open markets.  Their dress and shoes.  Sitting in the amphitheater, which was built so that all could hear what was being said on stage, listening to a play or music.  Or maybe a politician giving his speech.

Some years ago, ten-fifteen, I went to an exhibit at Memphis, Tennessee, the Etruscans.  Some of the items were from 900 BC, it was amazing! To see the hair dress combs, a stone bench, a lady's hand mirror, pottery.  The Etruscans had no government.  Eventually they were taken over by other countries and finally were phased out.  Just standing there looking at the items was awe inspiring, to look at something that old!

Where would you like to go?


Agnes said...

Fascinating, really.
Reading your post was like traveling in time...

Judy Harper said...

Agnes-I love to project back in time. It's like being there, hearing and visualizing in my head.

Mattenylou said...

Amazing that these old ruins still remain, seems everything just gets bulldozed away with progress. Thank goodness we have museums to keep and preserve the wonderful old artifacts. I love to visit the historical places here in our country, so much to see and learn.

Judy, I mentioned you in my blog today, make sure you check it out. You'll have to come to New England to visit!

Dori said...

Great post! I love this. It's like Agnes said, it's like traveling in time. Thanks for taking us along :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Europe for me. So much history. I'd love to visit the Mediterranean. And all the museums and famous chapels in Italy and France.

Stephen Tremp

Mattenylou said...

Judy, You and your wonderful blog have been awarded the Kreativ Blogger Award, congratulations! Please come to my blog to accept this award,

Great Job!

Too Tired Tesa said...

Wow, what gorgeous buildings. A great find. I have never heard of this place. Thanks for sharing it's fascinating.

Today I would like to go simply to San Diego where it's always sunny and 70 degrees. I'm tired of the cold, wet winter!