Heraion at Foce del Sele

The Heraion at Foce del Sele (English "Heraion at the mouth of the River Sele") is an archaeological site consisting of an Ancient Greek sanctuary complex dedicated to the goddess Hera in Magna Grecia (southern Italy). It was originally located at the mouth of the Sele, about 8 km (5.0 mi) north of the Greek city of Poseidonia, famous for its three standing Greek temples, but is now about 2.3 km (1.4 mi) from the modern coast as a result of the deposition of alluvial sediment by the river. The site is in the modern commune of Capaccio-Paestum, some 80 km (50 mi) south of Naples.

The remains of the sanctuary to Argive Hera at the mouth of the Sele
Dancing maidens from the later group of metope reliefs, c. 510 BC
The earlier, narrative, metope sections displayed in the Paestum museum

The complex was constructed from the 6th to at least the 3rd centuries BC, and included a Greek temple and other buildings. It was in the countryside, and may have included buildings to accommodate pilgrims. In the Middle Ages most of the stones were removed for use as building materials or other purposes. After the best surviving pieces, including around 70 6th-century metope reliefs, were excavated and moved to the museum at Paestum, there is very little to see at the site itself other than the lowest courses of the buildings. A modern "museo narrante" has been built there with video displays to explain and reconstruct the site.[citation needed]