Villa Alisia

Viale Punta Bianca 57, Agrigento, 92100, Italy
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Temple of Juno

by MikeAtSea

Situated on the most easterly point of the Hill of Temples. It was not, however, dedicated to Juno. The name given to it erroneously by tradition is the result of confusion with the Temple of Hera on the Lacinian promontory of Crotone. These spectacular ruins still bare the traces of the fire set by the Carthaginians in 406 BC.

OLYMPIEION of Agrigentum – Tempio di Zeus Olimpio

by picek

It was intended to be the largest Doric temple ever constructed; however it was never completed. Earthquaqes and fights turned temple into what you can see nowsadays as impressive ruins with huge stones – and one can imagine what power of men was needed here to build such construction. Olympieion was erected in 480 BC by thousands of Carthaginian prisoners and measured 113,50 m in length by 56,30 m wide – as a gesture of thanks to Zeus for victory of Agrigetians over the Carthaginians in battle of Himera; it is believed that by constructing the biggest building people of Agrigentum wanted to prove that they can do better than their neighbors and are on par with Ionians.

Some interesting 'details': the entablature was supported by half columns which were 20 m high and 4,5 m in diameter set against impressive blind wall. Telamones (atlantes – giant males) used to stand between those Doric half-columns to hold up the entablature of roof. These sculptures measured 8 m in height and while you can see one of such atlantes lying on the ground (in the middle of temple) nowsadays you have to keep in mind that is the reproduction of giant to give you idea of scale; real one can be seen in archeological museum safe from weather conditions. Many of details and idea of how was temple really like is unknown to historians.

One of those hidden treasures of the World

by janika

"Ancient history & sea so blue it'll hurt your eyes"

Agrigento is located at the southern part of Sicily. It can be approached by train, boat, bus, taxi and car.

The islands can be reached by boat or plane. St leone (Saint Lion) is a town right along the coast line and it also belongs to Agrigento.
St leone is about three kilometers (1.5 miles) south from Agrigento downtown. As you are heading down the road from Agrigento to St Leone, you can see the Valley of Temples on the way.

Don't forget the small islands! Lampedusa, Linosa, Pantelleria and the others. Linosa is an undiscovered Diver's paradise with the friendliest people you've ever met in Italy. I have been in Agrigento two times. Once in 1989 and once again recently, in year 2000.


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