Second Temple of Hera (Paestum)

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Second Temple of Hera (Paestum)
Hera temple II - Paestum - Poseidonia - July 13th 2013 - 04.jpg
Second temple of Hera
General information
Location Paestum, Campania
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Italy Edit this on Wikidata
Criteria (iii), (iv) Edit this on Wikidata
Reference 842-001
Inscription 1998 (22nd Session)

The Temple of Hera II (also erroneously called the Temple of Neptune), is a Greek temple in Paestum, Campania, Italy. The name Temple of Neptune is a misnomer from the 18th century, even though it was actually dedicated to the goddess Hera. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Second Temple of Hera contained only Doric style columns which signifies the close bond it has with Earth and by using these columns which were larger and wider pointed to that. It is also perfectly aligned to face a double peaked mountain which the Greeks associated with something of importance as this was not a common happening.

The Temple of Hera II was closely modeled on the Temple of Zeus at Olympia. The Second Temple of Hera has six columns along its shorter sides and fourteen columns along its longer sides.


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Coordinates: 40°25′12″N 15°00′19″E / 40.4199°N 15.0053°E / 40.4199; 15.0053