Himera - Greek archeological site





Founded in 648 BC by colonists from Zancle, Himera was the scene of a crushing defeat of the Carthaginians at the hands of allied forces of Agrigento and Syracuse (480 BC). In 408 BC, the Carthaginians, newly invading the island, took and razed the town to the ground. The ancient town is situated on top a hill south of the main Messina-Palermo road. Here sections of the walls and remnants of three temples were brought to light. The objects found on the site are displayed in a museum nearby the archaeological site.


The most important and best preserved of the buildings, is the Tempio della Vittoria (5th century BC), located at the bottom of hill, north of the main road. It seems that Greeks forced Carthaginians to build it to celebrate their victory in 480 BC. Dedicated to Athena, it was built in Doric style with six columns at the front and 14 down each side. Remains of columns, the cella, the pronaos and the opisthodomus are clearly visible. The eaves were marvellously decorated with sculpted lions’ heads, now in the Archaeological Museum of Palermo.


Address: SS113 Contrada Buonfornello,  Termini Imerese 
Tel. : 091 8140128

Opening hours : 

Museum: Monday  to  Saturday  9.00 to  17.30

Archeological site:

Monday to Saturday 9.00 to 16.30
Sunday  and public holidays 9.00-14.00.
Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.