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Himera (Palermo Province) is a Greek colony, on the northern coast of Sicily, between Termini Imerese and Cefalu, founded in 648 BC by the Chalcidians of Zancle and Mylai (Messina and Milazzo). Famous because it was here that the Siracusans and the Agrigentines defeated the Carthaginians in 480 BC. The Carthaginians returned in 409 BC and destroyed Himera. (The refugees populated the nearby Termini Imerese).

We can visit the sacred areas, the necropolises and the ruins of Temple of Victory, in Doric style. A nearby Antiquarium houses archaeological finds from the site.

The lion-head eaves are now in the museum at Himera.

Links to other sites about Himera include:
Ancient Sicily
Palermo Province
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
Sicilian Net

My latest book on CD is titled Sicily - A Reference for Researchers and is now available. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.

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