Cave di Cusa

Cave di Cusa, Campobello di Mazara

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Peter
Hartlepool, UK533 contributions
Visit before you go to Selinunte
Sep 2018 • Solo
Stone was hewn from this quarry to build the temples of Selinunte. In 409BC , quarry workers were excavating columns from the native stone when they received news of a large Carthaginian fleet sailing towards Selinunte. The workers abandoned their tools & work stations in a hurry , never to return. Leaving their half finished work strewn across the quarries , this is what you see at the site. Left unchanged for over 2000 years the site is amazing. there are toilets at the site, no other facilities.
Written 4 October 2018
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Cocciolino2015
Perugia, Italy449 contributions
A glimpse into true history
Sep 2017 • Couples
This is an illuminating experience that should not be overlooked by anyone visiting Selinute. Enough to make a lasting impression on everyone,especially children. The impressive columns didn't just fall out of the sky,readymade,but were created by skill and hard work using slave labor without modern technology nor machines. We found the entire site fascinating. You felt as if the workmen had dropped their tools and fled just minutes ago,rather eery to tell the truth.
Written 8 January 2018
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Ron D
Ottawa, Canada1,605 contributions
Abandoned in 409 BC, it looks much as it did then
May 2017 • Couples
It is quite eerie to visit this quarry, but fascinating also. When the war was lost, the site was abandoned. The drums for the temples at Selinunte were left strewn about or still in place in the quarry walls. You can visualize how the workers (slaves) chipped the slot around each column, and how they cut a space for themselves to stand while cutting the slot.

You will find the place easily with Google Maps, but the last km is very rough cobblestone. Your Selinunte ticket gets you in here.
Written 18 June 2017
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Robert D
Sydney, Australia57 contributions
Unique experience
Apr 2017 • Couples
Out of the way but worth a combined visit with Seliunte. A maximum of an hour needed. The best bits are at the start of the trail but walking to the end past the chiselled rock walls on one side and olive groves on the other is a pleasant stroll. Highlights are the partially excavated columns but I thought the various pieces of chiselled stone lying around ready for transport to Seliunte since 409BCE were especially poignant. Hardly anyone about adds to the atmosphere.
Written 28 April 2017
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Boswarthan
London, UK54 contributions
Simply amazing
Sep 2016 • Friends
This is the quarry where the stone from the temples at Selinute was taken. The site is not easy to get to, but if you go you will find it a magical place. It is almost as if the stone workers have just downed tools and gone for lunch. The Greek temples on Sicily are all amazing, but what brings home how difficult they were to construct is when you can see the discs for the columns partically cut from the earth, mid construction. Their size is immense, and it was all done with basic tools and man power, the skill,of these masons is to be marvelled at.
Written 14 January 2017
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Clinor
Canterbury, UK139 contributions
Columns carved out of the Rock and wild flowers
Apr 2016
The Cave di Cusa is several kilometres from Selinunte so you need transport. There was no custodian when we got there in the late afternoon and the site is generally accessible. For much of the time we were the only people there. It is interesting to see the columns still in situ and you can walk around and between them as the width seems to be a man working with his chisel. It is a pleasant walk with loads of wild flowers at this time of year.
Written 16 April 2016
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DOCBABE_SCOUT
Sun City, AZ735 contributions
Where the temples originated
Mar 2016
The quarry from which came the building blocks of Selinunte! It is wonderful to walk among discs almost completed. The is No address but signs are numerous in Campobello do Maraza!I
I did note GPS coordinates:
N37 37.187
E012 43.346
Written 5 March 2016
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Marsha M
Motta Sant'Anastasia, Italy479 contributions
Very fun
Apr 2015 • Couples
If you go to the temp,Es find this off the beaten path query too. All the rock for the temples came from here and you can see how it was accomplished and run all over the place. Great hike too.
Written 21 January 2016
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Kristin D
Portola Valley, CA4 contributions
Greek Temple Columns
Nov 2015 • Couples
Cusa Cave is the site where the stone came from to build the temples of Selinute. You can see the actual stones that were quarried and left for unknown reasons, it is a lovely area, quiet and very interesting
Written 19 January 2016
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appalonia33
Stockton, CA5 contributions
Truly awesome!
Sep 2015 • Friends
I was blessed with a trip to Sicily to visit family members and was in awe of the ancient quarry. It was really fascinating to see something as ancient as Cave di Cusa. I can't even imagine how they managed to carve such massive stones with zero modern technology! Also the admission price was great because it also covered entrance to Selenunte to see the temples for which the stone was cut for.
Written 10 October 2015
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