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is special

It boasts three of the best-preserved Doric temples in the world. They stand majestically, despite being about 2,500 years old.


Visitors frequently
mispronounce Paestum

The correct pronunciation is Pest'm

celebrated etemples

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.


How Paestum compares
with Pompeii and Herculaneum

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.


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