Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tempio di Segesta

Since before we bought our tickets for this trip, I've been anticipating visiting the unfinished 5th-century BC Greek Temple in western Sicily at Segesta. It is said to be one the finest of all the ancient Greek temples, nestled in the hills among the wild flowers. One admires Tempio di Segesta for its solitary beauty and is left wondering why it was never completed.

Not only was the tempio never completed, it was never destroyed, not by the Carthaginians or Muslims from North Africa, not by the Romans, or Christians, or Normans, or by earthquake. One day I'll surely return and it will still be there glowing in the sunlight.

Tempio di Segesta - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Tempio di Segesta - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Tempio di Segesta - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Tempio di Segesta - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Tempio di Segesta - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Tempio di Segesta - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Tempio di Segesta - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

There was a Hellenized settlement in the surrounds which featured a theater with a view. The autostrada viaduct in the distance is recent ;-).
Tempio di Segesta - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Closer shot of the autostrada and its beautiful viaducto.
Tempio di Segesta - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Tempio di Segesta - Trapani, Sicily, Italy


3 comments:

Liz said...

This is amazing! Surprised to see the beautiful wild flowers.

WQZ said...

Shared human yearning for beauty and transcendence.

Sun-Ling said...

Spring is the time for wild flowers and flowering fruit trees. We are surprised at how lush the landscape is, but we should not be, considering all the rain.