Holiday dream to Selinunte in Sicily 7/14/2024
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The Sea and the Sun of Sicily

The greatest Archaeological Park in Europe

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Cave of Cusa and Latomie, the material of Selinunte

Drummers column of stone Cave of Cusa partly extracted to build the Temples of Selinunte

The Cave of Cusa rise to about 3 km from the town Campobello di Mazara and 12 km from Selinunte. Active since 600 BC Until 409 BC Were an inexhaustible mine of the raw material, which is indispensable to the construction of the city of Selinunte, including temples. Leave in full swing in 409 BC Because of the war against the Carthaginians, ended with the destruction of Selinunte , remained unchanged until today.

Photos of a painting that depicts the extractions rocchi columns of selinunte from Cusa

Although not part of `archaeological area itself, the quarries from which the Selinuntini drew the materials of construction are very interesting things to see if only to the evocative beauty of the archaeological park that encompasses. Olivi silver d `loss eye surrounding the great rocchi column left here for more than two thousand years. Some still attached to the rock, others already ready to be transported to Selinunte, rocchi imposing enact something mysterious, secret linked to the construction of temples.

In the Latomie, about 5 km from Selinunte, there is a quarry where the Selinuntini prelevavano tuff limestone for the construction of the oldest temples. Still visible on the seat of a drum column already cut. The material for the construction of more recent temples, and especially of the Temple G, was extracted from the so-called Cave of Cusa, about 13 km from Selinunte, near Campobello di Mazara. Here the work had to stop suddenly, nor was never taken, perhaps for the arrival of Hannibal in 409 BC

They were indeed left on the ground, ready or incomplete, or baked in various stages of processing, rocchi of columns, capitals, elements of architraves.
The difference between the materials extracted from two quarries is the quality of tufa: friable and gialliccio color from the contrada Latomie; solid, compact and more pale color, from the Cave of Cusa.