Cave di Cusa, Campobello di Mazara





Cave di Cusa (meaning "Quarry of Accusation" in Italian) or Rocche di Cusa was an ancient stone quarry in Sicily. It is located 3 kilometers south of the town Campobello di Mazara in the province of Trapani, Italy. It is 1.8 kilometer long and is on a ridge that spans from east to west. This site was quarried beginning in the first half of the 6th century BC and its stone was used to construct the temples in the ancient Greek city Selinunte. It was abandoned in 409 BC when the city was captured by the Carthaginians. It is now an official Sicilian Archeological Zone and a popular tourist site.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Great site if your an archaeologist and pretty interesting if you have an interest in old stuff. Seems a bit past it's tourist peak but the paths are maintained and the park is great being so empty. Easy to explore and have the place to yourselves!
  • A very quiet place in the country outside Selenunte which was in ancient times the quarry for stone for the temples of that city. The huge drums for the columns of these buildings were cut from solid rock. When the city was sacked ( I think by Hannible who was a bit of a bother boy in bygone times) the workers just downed tools and headed for the hills. As you would. In several places column drums have just been left abandoned where they lay. Others are still partially cut from the rock but never finished. The site seems little visited and is ideal for a picnic. There is a parking area outside the site and easy walking paths. It is best visited by car though I believe some local tours also take it in. If you have time for some peace and quiet, check it out.
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