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“Don't just walk past the walls”
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Le Mura
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 5km of ancient city walls made of beautifully cut large limestone blocks are worth admiring and thinking back some 2000 plus years of the others that have walked where you currently are.

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Often just passed by in the eagerness to visit the three stunning Greek temples at Paestum, there are 5km of walls surrounding Paestum, a large amount of which are in a good state of preservation to a good height, made from finely carved limestone blocks.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

It is quite amazing the large amount of walls outstanding in the archeological site of Paestum and while in my opinion are nowhere near as espectacular as the temples still deserve a stroll across the perimiter

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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Very impressive and a must do if you go Paestum. The scale of the walls and the context mean you've got to get out and walk around the walls and imagine back 2000 years

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Reviewed 21 September 2016

If you visit Paestum, it is likely that, drawn from the temples and from the Museum, you overlook the ancient walls, which are still an outstanding attraction.
If fact, other ancient walls were much more developed in length (in particular those of Syracuse, which measured 27 km, compared to less than 5 Km of Paestum), but AFAIK no Greek wall circuit in Italy can compete with Paestum for conservation status.
Just as in the case of temples, even in the case of the walls the extreme abandonment of the city since the early Middle Ages, the marshes' widening and the raging of malaria that are connected to the abandonment itself, also the lack of other nearby cities that could carry away and reuse the Paestum stones, have played a key role in this conservation.
However you must be aware that simply talk about "Greek walls" could be a strong simplification. In fact, around 400 b. C. Paestum was occupied by the Lucanians, ie the original inhabitants of this part of Italy; while since 273 a. C. the town is ruled by Rome. Both peoples (Lucanians and Romans) make their own building work on existing Greek city, often not clearly distinguishable from it. And among the artifacts that are difficult to be exactly dated, there are also the walls.
In any case, the path along the walls is exciting. It is no exaggeration to say that the walls seem abandoned recently by their inhabitants: only the "Porta Aurea" (Golden Gate), which gave access to the road towards the North, was completely destroyed during the construction of modern highway (1829) through the ancient city. The other three gates are clearly visible, as well as the shapes of 28 towers, and the "posterns" (minor doors, to wall or cover up in case of siege). The limestone blocks that line the walls (the interior was filled by earth), perfectly square, are still largely in place.
Recently (spring 2016) the pedestrian path along the walls has been improved by a sidewalk, or at least keeping it away from car traffic.

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