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MOC Mediterranean Open Championship Orienteering 2017
19/10/2016 - Stage 2 inside a UNESCO site A unique opportunity to run in the Archeological Park of Paestum


Paestum Archeological Park - Why is it so important? MOC Championship 2017 offers the extraordinary opportunity to run in UNESCO sites, among which the Archeological Park of Paestum. Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Grecia (southern Italy). The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC, which are in a very good state of preservation. The city walls and amphitheatre are largely intact, and the bottom of the walls of many other structures remain, as well as paved roads. The site is open to the public, and there is a modern national museum within it. After its foundation by Greek colonists under the name of Poseidonia, it was eventually conquered by the local Lucanians and later the Romans. The Lucanians renamed it to Paistos and the Romans gave the city its current name. Pietro Summonte, in 1524, correctly identified the three Doric temples as such, but the ruins only came to wide notice again in the 18th century, following the rediscovery of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the construction of a new coastal road south from Naples. After a complicated start, the rediscovery of the three relatively easily accessible, and early, Greek temples created huge interest throughout Europe. These were dedicated to Hera, Athena and Poseidon (Juno, Minerva and Neptune) to the Romans) The whole ancient city of Paestum covers an area of approximately 120 hectares. It is only the 25 hectares that contain the three main temples and the other main buildings that has been excavated. The other 95 hectares remain on private land and have not been excavated. The city is surrounded by defensive walls that still stand. The walls are approximately 4750 m long, 5 7 m thick and 15 m high. Positioned along the wall are 24 square and round towers. There may have been up to 28 but some of them were destroyed during the construction of a highway in the 18th century that effectively cuts the site in two. Today the remains of the city are found in the modern frazione of Paestum, which is part of the comune of Capaccio in the Province of Salerno, Campania, Italy. The modern settlement, directly to the south of the archaeological site, is a popular seaside resort, with long sandy beaches. The Park is a UNESCO site since 1998, and it is part of the "Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula" Enter now for MOC Championship 2017! Here the link: http://www.orienteering.it/race_subscription.php?subsite=n250516_150041 Stay with us and...follow the sun! PWT CREW