First Temple of Hera Exterior 2

First Temple of Hera Exterior 2

View looking southwest at the northeast corner of the "First Temple of Hera"—the southern most of the three well-preserved temples at Paestum.  This was the first of the three to be constructed, ca. 550-540 B.C.  It has 9 columns on the short sides and 18 on the long sides.  The central room was divided by 7 columns running down the center of it into two long rooms (possibly two deities were worshiped here?).  It is of the Doric style built on a three-tiered platform (= crepidoma).