The city the ancient Greeks knew as Sequins (for the wild celery that still grows in abandon around the ruins) had little time to play an important role in the affairs of classical Sicily. Citizens were still building their city when Hannibal attacked in 409BC, Salinas never recovered and earthquakes have since leveled the remains.
Even so, Selinunte 45 km (27 miles) west of Sciacca, is one of the most evocative ancient sites in the Mediterranean, with ruined temples and monuments that now stand in lonely fields next to the sea. Three of the temples have been partially restored. They are designated by letter rather then name, to whom they were dedicated remains uncertain. Temple E is closest to the sea, and its massive columns have been set upright. The temple was possibly dedicated to Juno, wife of Zeus. Temple G was one of the largest Doric structures in Greek Sicily, though it was never completed, unfinished column blocks lie among its rubble. Temple C, which dates around mid 6th century BC, stands at the highest point of the acropolis on the knoll of the hill and is the largest temple of all. The giant columns are nearly 2 m (6.5ft) in diameter, except for those on the temple corners which are even thicker. It has provided the archeological museum in Palermo with some of its greatest treasures, the metopes, or decorative friezes, that were once set atop its columns. A lengthy visit to the sprawling site can be followed by a swim along the sandy coast. The new settlement, Marinella di Selinunte, is a fishing port and resort, lined with lively restaurants.