Agriturismo Reggia Saracena

SS118 direz. Raffadali, difronte Bivio x Ioppolo, Agrigento, 92100, Italy

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View along the wall, from temple of Hera to ConcorView along the wall, from temple of Hera to Concor

Valley of the Temples, AgrigentoValley of the Temples, Agrigento

Valle dei TempiValle dei Tempi

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Travel Tips for Agrigento

Via Sacra:Paleochristian Necropolis

by hquittner

Continuing up the Via Sacra, there are gardens on the right and a large area in a downward vista on the left (where the ancient city of Akragis was sited). The Temple of Concord comes into view , on an angle rt. At this point we approach stone formations on both sides of (and under) the road. There are paths and steps to see what is there. Deep entry is not allowed but this gives you some idea of this type of ancient burial (early AD) if you have not visited any catacombs.They were quite resouceful without modern tools, at best an iron chisel and hammer.

TEMPLE OF 'CONCORD'

by picek

'Concord' was built in about 430 BC and it was contemporary with Parthenon in Athens. It is one of the best preserved buildings of Greek architecture, a fine example of Classical style with perfect balance and harmony. It has 6 by 13 columns and measures 16,92 m by 39,42 m.
The temple was turned into church in 597 AD and has undergone few alternations – luckily it helped it not to become construction material unlike other temples. It is not known to which god it was dedicated – it was named Concord because they found Latin inscription in its vicinity.

We were lucky to catch changing light on the columns and entablature right before tempest on that evening. Timing couldn't be better and there's something in the air when you stand there alone in front of ancient architecture at that unusual time of a day. You are not allowed to enter the sacred place but being that close gives you the idea of how important it was for our ancestors to be in peace with gods and godesses.

Is This Sicily?

by tpal

If you have not read about the history of Sicily, a visit to Agrigento will have you believing that you have been transported to ancient Greece. In fact Agrigento was settled by the Greeks in 580 BC. The Valley of the Temples is home to numerous Greek ruins, many of which are very well preserved. This should be a major stop on any trip to Sicily.

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