Temple of Neptune: Two-Tiered Columns
Ancient Greek Mythology, Religion, Art
This photo of the Temple of Poseidon was taken from the back between the outer columns of the peristyle and the inner columns of the naos, or inner sanctuary where the cult statue of the god was located. You can clearly see here the second tier of columns that held up the roof.
In the Temple of Neptune the naos is divided by two rows of 7 two-tiered columns. All of the lower tier have survived, but only some of the upper tier remain. Also visible are the foundation stones for the naos, or inner sanctuary where the statue of the god was located.
Inside the Temple of Poseidon there are a number statues and vases pointing to Hera-worship here. Some have argued that this suggests the presence of goddess-worship even prior to the arrival of Greeks, but that is purely speculation. In line with its younger age, the style is far less archaic than the other two temples of Paestum.