PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DI SELINUNTE

 
Parco archeologico di Selinunte
Ingresso - Il Tridente

The Park

The park hosts several Italian and foreign missions carrying out systematic scientific research.
Selinunte has a remarkable archaeological heritage, characterised by an impressive architecture sacred, public and private. The recent discovery of the artisanal district with its numerous kilns further enriches the dense picture of the archaeological record.

 

Inside the park we can find the craft district, along the eastern valley of the Gorgo Cotone, characterised by the presence of numerous furnaces and work areas. The well-known Battistero Bizantino, at the mouth of the river Modione, west of the Acropolis, one of the symbols of Christianity in the heart of the Park, inside a late antique, if not Byzantine, building. The Cave di Cusathe rocky bank exploited by the Selinuntines for the construction of their temples, about 11 km to the north-west.  These are stone quarries characterised by calcarenite banks extending for about 2 km near the coast, where the material for construction was extracted.

 

Numerous are the archaeological finds currently stored in the park, some of which are on display in the Museo del Baglio Florio, in the newly renovated conference hall, where the remains of Temple Y are also located, evidence of the oldest Doric architecture.

 

The areas

Il parco si articola in different areas reflecting sophisticated planning by the Greeks at the time of the colony's foundation: The Acropolis, sacred area on the southern promontory, characterised by the presence of six temples (O, A, B, R, C, D), surrounded by imposing fortification walls. The Eastern Hill, characterised by the presence of another monumental sacred area with three temples (E, F, G). The Agora, si trova esattamente a nord dell’Acropoli, il centro politico e sociale della città. The Hill of Manuzza to the north, characterized by the presence of the ancient housing system. The Gaggera Hill, west, marked by the presence of the sanctuary of the Malophoros, from Temple of Hera Matronale and from Temple (M). And at end the Necropolis..

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