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Cave di Cusa, Campobello di Mazara

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Cave di Cusa 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.HistoryCave di Cusa was the source of stone used to build the town of Selinunte's sacred temple. Selinunte was a Greek temple that was located 13 km southwest from the quarry. That area of Sicily was inhabited mainly be the ancient Greeks. The stone found at Cave di Cusa site was very suitable for building and therefore a material of choice. Its texture and tufa resistant limestone material made it ideal and perfect for the construction of the sacred Greek temple. This quarry was mined for many years, 150 to be exact. There is evidence to believe that at one time, 150 people worked there. Many of them were slave laborers.In 409 BC Cave di Cusa was suddenly abandoned. This was due to the unexpected and unwanted arrival of Carthaginian invader Hannibal Mago. This visit broke out into a war between the opposing forces, and ultimately Selinunte was defeated. The town was destroyed after the defeat, and no work ever occurred at the quarry again. The slaves and laborers fled the scene and escaped to safety. The blocks of stone that were currently being worked on were completely left alone and have formed the geography of the site today. In its day, Cave di Cusa was very efficient, so one might wonder how this site would have transformed throughout history if it had not been for its abandonment.
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  • 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 o...  more »
  • 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 jus...  more »
  • 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 w...  more »
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  • Too bad this site definitely interesting verses in a State of disrepair. You pay the ticket and then you walk in the streets amid the undergrowth and without any indication! We did not find the quarry after walking about 2 hours. Crazy because at the entrance there is a sign showing how it would be interesting to see the monoliths extracts or extraction.
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  • Lacking the necessary directions, lawn care, dried weeds galore, continuous fire, missing the toilet ...! A shameful situazione...in a place that should be teeming with tourists!
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  • Enchanting place where you can breathe the air of history
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  • Amazing and impressive this stone quarry where were cut the columns of the temples
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  • Interesting historical quarry, where the pillars were cut stones of the Greek temple from the rock. -by hand! After this visit, you can see the Temple of the environment with other eyes.
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