The relics of ancient Greece in southern Italy

A defensive outpost of Magna Graecia, the city of Paestum was founded around 600BC, by Achaean colonists fleeing from Sybaris. Iconic amongst its surviving structures are three Doric Order temples, constructed from the limestone that underlies the site. So many of the great architectural themes are here — repetition, rhythm, proportion, scale, mass and order.


John Pawson