11/16/2010 01:42 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

18 Amazing Ancient Greek & Roman Temples (PHOTOS)

The ancient Greeks and Romans were the founders of Western civilization, and their legacy is visible not only in our political and cultural institutions, but in our architecture.

The most important and widespread type of building in ancient Greece and Rome was the temple, which was primarily a monument to a god or gods.

Here's our pick of some of the most amazing remaining temples from the time, most over 2,000 years old.

18 Amazing Ancient Greek & Roman Temples