Sister Maria Gabrielle took us for a tour of the church, with its plaster statuary that was inspired by Bernini.
Then we were given some of the pastries to try. Since this is a semi-cloistered order, we
were not allowed behind the grills of the monastery. Yes, this is not a convent but a monastery
here in Italy. A convent is where the
men live, monastery is where the women live, the exact opposite of what we call
|Because almonds and pistachios grow (almost) wild here, the sweets are almost entirely made of marzipan|
|You really want to eat these sweets because you have to climb these stairs to get there|
The first temple is the temple of Hera, the wife of Zeus, with a total of 38 pillars, an interior court for statues, and an outside altar for animal sacrifices.
There are several temples that have been completely destroyed including the temple of Hercules, which was reconstructed by a British Lord who built a villa next to the sight. At this time the villa is used by the Italian National Park Service.
|reconstructed Temple of Hercules|
|The only intact column from the Temple of Hercules|
|This is the top of a column that was destroyed at the temple of Zeus|
|Reconstruction of a Titan|
|These Titans held up the columns|
|Temple of the Fertility Goddess Demeter|
|Capers! They grow wild here|
|5th century BC irrigation system|
|Artichoke in flower|
|carrot flan, mushroom flan, potatoes, and spring onions|