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Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily

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Sicily has some of the best Greek temples in existence outside of Greece. Extensive remains of Greek temples from the ancient city of Akragas, dating back 2500 years, can be seen in Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples archaeological park, Parco dei templi Agrigento.

The archaeological park is divided into two sections, the area di Zeus, and across the street, Collina dei Templi, where you’ll find the most complete temple remains lined up on a ridge and great views. Roman tombs and Greek walls run along the pathway on the Collina dei Templi. Temple highlights include:

  • Temple of Herakles, Ercole,  the oldest of the temples still standing, from around 500BC.
  • Temple of Concord, Tempio della Concordia, dates from 430 BC and is the most intact of the temples.
  • Tempio di Giunone still retains many of its columns.
  • Remains of the ancient Agora and Tempio di Giove near the entrance to the area di Zeus.
  • The Temple of Zeus , once the world’s largest known Greek temple, is now just a jumble of big rocks but its recreation in the museum shows the size and form of temple, once supported by 38 gigante.

The Valley of the Temples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Categories: See & Do: Archaeology |

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