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Paestum (Campania), Italy

Temple of Neptune

This is the best preserved of Paestum's two great Doric edifices and the building shown in all the tourist literature. Built around 450 BC, it is about 200ft long and all of the structure survives except the roof and the internal walls.

Similarities to another temple at Tarentum suggest it was dedicated To Apollo, but Hera and Zeus are also possible contenders - like all of Paestum's temples, the name 'Temple of Neptune' was just a guess by the early archaeologists.