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  • 1 Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Panoramica dei Templi

    Do not search for the valley! The temples (a dozen of them) erected in 5 BC, are located on the ridge to the south of the town, . Set on fire by the Carthaginians in 406, they were restored in their original style by the Romans. Earthquakes, fanatica..

  • 2 Temple of the Concorde (Tempio della Concordia) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Sacra

    The temple, which has been kept intact, dates from 430 AD. but we forget the person to whom it was consecrated. This is a great example of optical illusion. The columns become narrower at the top to make them appear larger but have a bulge two thirds..

  • 3 Temple of Castor and Pollux Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Sacra

    The Temple of the Dioscuri was built at the end of the 5C BC in homage to the twins Castor and Pollux. The only remains of the temple are four columns, which were rebuilt in the 19C, plus a section of the entablature, although this has not prevented ..

  • 4 Hercules' temple (Tempio di Eracle) Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Sacra

    Hercules' temple is probably the oldest temple in Agrigento. Its eight archaic, Doric-style columns, rebuilt in the early 20C but somewhat dilapidated at present, make it possible for visitors to imagine the elegance that this building, dedicated to ..

  • 5 The temple of Junon (Tempio di Hera Lacinia) Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    S115

    The temple of Juno was build around 470 BC and set ablaze by the Carthaginians in 406. You can see the marks left by the smoke on the walls of the cella, the room in which the statue of the Goddess once stood. Although the temple is not in a perfect ..

  • 6 Agrigento Regional archaeological museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Via Passeggiata Archeologica

    Partially located in the former San Nicola monastery, this museum displays pieces found throughout the Agrigento region. Do not miss the colossal 7.5m-high Telamon (Atlantes), taken from the temple of Jupiter (of which there were once 38), or the Eph..

  • 7 Giardino della Kolymbetra Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    This 5ha basin dug by Carthaginian prisoners after the Battle of Himera was originally a fishpond. Over time, it has been transformed into a particularly fertile orchard. After years of lying abandoned, Kolymbetra Garden was taken over and managed by..

  • 8 Saint-Lawrence's Church of Agrigento Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Purgatorio

    The 18C San Lorenzo church stands on Piazza del Purgatorio and its ochre tufa offers an attractive contrast to the white portal decorated with wreathed columns. Inside are stuccos by Giacomo Serpotta, one of the Sicilian Baroque masters.

  • 9 Temple of Olympian Zeus Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Sacra

    The temple had been destroyed but was rebuilt around 480 BC to celebrate Agrigento's victory over the Carthaginians at Himera. Never completed, it is nonetheless one of the biggest temples ever built in Antiquity. Its entablature was supported by 20m..

  • 10 Greco-Roman quarter (areae ellenistico-romano) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    S 118

    This vast urban complex accommodates the ruins of many houses, some of which have retained parts of their geometrically patterned or figurative mosaics. The area is above all remarkable for its grid layout, abiding by the rules set by the Greek town-..

  • 11 Santo Spirito monastery Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via Salida-S.- Spirito 8

    The convent and its church date from the 13C. The façade has retained a Gothic portal and the single-nave interior features a beautiful Baroque decor and five high-reliefs by Giacomo Serpotta. The entrance to the chapter house with its pointed-arch p..

  • 12 Efesto's Temple (Tempio di Efesto)

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Little remains inside this temple at the end of an imaginary line connecting all the temples of the valley. The temple serves to remind us of how Vulcan, helped by the Cyclopes, made Jupiter's lightning in his forge beneath Mount Etna.

  • 13 Early-Christian Necropolis of the Valley of Temples

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via dei Templi

    Dug into the rock, below the road leading to the Valley of the Temples, this necropolis accommodates different types of early Christian sepulchres, some simple tombs (single recesses), some arcosolium tombs (cut into the stone wall, with the ledge be..

  • 14 Via Atenea

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Atenea

    Via Atenea takes you past the Celauro palace (whose main facade overlooks the street of the same name) where Goethe stayed during his journey. It leads into Piazza del Purgatoria, home to the18C San Lorenzo Church, whose ochre tufa contrasts prettily..

  • 15 Victory path (Viale della Vittoria)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Viale della Vittoria

    This path leading to the upper-town and medieval Agrigento, a real acropolis, is a pleasant belvedere in the shadow of fig trees where you can admire the view over the Valley of the Temples. At the end of the path opposite the station, you will see t..

  • 16 Sacrificial altar

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Sacra

    The sheer size of this altar is breathtaking, making it possible to imagine the great sacrifices performed here, which included as many as 100 oxen at a time. The Italian word ecatombe, used today to mean a disaster, actually comes from the Greek wor..

  • 17 Early-Christian Antiquarium

    Museums and art

    Valle dei Templi

    Set up in the Casa Pace, this centre relates a period in the town's history through explanatory panels and interesting reference points, such as the story of the temple of the Concorde's conversion into a basilica.

  • 18 Iconographic Antiquarium of the Hill of Temples

    Museums and art

    Valle dei Templi

    The centre, set up in the rustic setting of the Casa Barbadoro unites many beautiful reproductions of drawings and etchings from the valley of the temples accomplished by archaeologists and travellers of yesteryear.

  • 19 Theron's Tomb (Tomba di Terone)

    Archaeological and historical sites

    S115

    For a long time the tomb was thought to be that of the tyrant Theron. It is now known to date from Roman Rule and to have been built for the soldiers who died during the Second Punic war. It has nevertheless kept its name... built of tufa in the shap..

  • 20 Asclepio's Temple (Tempio di Asclepio)

    Archaeological and historical sites

    S 115

    For those who do not miss the badly placed signpost that is practically invisible, the temple seems to rise up spontaneously from the countryside. It dates back to the 5C BC and is dedicated to Esculape, the God of Medicine and son of Apollo. The tem..

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