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Valley of the Temples, via Porta Aurea n. 4, Agrigento, 92100, Italy
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Tempio della Concordia

by lichinga

Nobody was able tov identify the real deity to which this temple was dedicated, so they call it "Tempio della Concordia". Very well preserevd, I beleive this is considered the best preserved Greek temple, including Greece mainland. The style to which this temples are making reference is one of the eldest, the so-called "dorico".

The Cathedral

by vysnaite

Originally built in 11th century, reconstructed in 16-17th centuries in norman-gothich styles. In the picture you see the backside of this church, the fascade is really beautiful, from the part of the historic center. Church houses remains of S.Gerlando , first archibishop of the church, Gaspare De Marinis's remains and some works of art (such as statue of MAdonna from 1495). Another thing worth mentioning, after you climb up the cathedral and turn to the left at the church, nice panoramic views will open up for the pleasure of your eyes.

My heart has been stolen

by Sjalen

Agrigento - famous for its Temple Valley - has just become one of my love affairs in life. Funnily enough not for the temple valley which is absolutely mind blowing. No, it is the town itself which first captured my parents' hearts and now that we went there with my father, it was my turn.

This must surely be the most underestimated destination on Sicily. That is, people come to see the Temple valley in droves but then they leave without seeing the town itself up on the hill. Guide books point out that it is a centre for cocaine smuggling and so on and maybe that's why. I read it too, but decided to trust my parents and stay a couple of nights and I am so glad I did! It's possible, even probable, that the smuggling takes place but as a tourist, you see nothing of it. You might pay into someone's pocket by eating in his restaurant, but then again you can do the same in Brussels' maffia owned bistros which tourists flock to. The main maffia problem here instead seem to be illegal property and as I understand it, this is especially true for the temple valley area. Houses are built through people's connection to the local authorities regardless if the constructions are safe or not, or if they infringe on a cultural heritage.

As a visitor though, focus on a town which opens its soul to you in all other aspects. Undestroyed by the tourists further north and east on Sicily. A city where locals come to talk to you on park benches without being intrusive, and where the many immigrants, here where you are so close to Africa, are everywhere but seemingly not that much of a problem compared to other immigrant cities. Already the Greeks in their huge city down by the temples welcomed strangers so it's a tradition here.

I wish it had a wishing well where I could have thrown money...but I am fairly sure I'll return nevertheless.


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