We left Agrigento and drove north along the coast to see Selinunte, overlooking the sea has some of the most awe inspiring Greek temples. Selinunte was founded in the 7th century BCE by Greek colonists. The city was a flourishing trading post and artistic center. It was brutally destroyed by Carthage in 409 BCE and then struck by a devastating earthquake in the 6th century CE. There are still excavations going on and major restorations were done in the 20th century. It’s a protected archaeological park but sadly most of the artworks were removed to Palermo and since we aren’t going there we’ll just have to use our imagination. Just to give you an idea of what was here, one sanctuary, the Malaphoros, held 12,000 votive figurines. So use your imagination and think about the grandeur that was Selinunte.