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It boasts three of the best-preserved Doric temples in the world. They stand majestically, despite being about 2,500 years old.
The correct pronunciation is Pest'm
The big three
Apollo (see photo)
Also named the Temple of Neptune (Poseidon). This is the best preserved of the three monuments.
Also known as the Temple of Athena.
Also called the Basilica. It is the oldest of three structures.
Similar but different
Sightseeing pros and cons
Paestum lacks the interesting city street scenes of Pompeii and Herculaneum, but outshines them with its imposing temples.
Damage by Vesuvius
Paestum was less affected than Pompeii and Herculaneum (also both Hillman Wonders) by the famous Mt. Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD.
Location in Italy