Photo by Hershel Shanks

The foundation walls of ancient Punic homes—recognizable in the foreground by their opus Africanum construction—lie in the shadow of Selinunte’s partially restored Temple C. Although only 14 of the temple’s columns have been re-erected, each of its 233-foot-long sides was once supported by 17 columns and its 87-foot-long front and back facades were supported by six columns. Sitting at the highest point of Selinunte’s acropolis, Temple C is thought to have been dedicated to Apollo.