Within the site there are ten Doric Temples, three shrines and a network of underground aquaducts. The site tells a dramatic storey which begins in the 5th century BC with the foundation of the ancient Greek colony of “Akragas”. The Greek city, enjoyed its heyday under the tyrant Terone (488 – 471 BC) and especially in the years of democracy (471 – 406 BC) when the philosopher Empedocle founded “Akragentino”. It was during this prosperous period that many of the temples were constructed on the southern hill. When the city became the battleground between the Romans and Carthaginians, the Temples were destroyed. They were then rebuilt in the first century by the Romans in the Doric style. Some such as the Temple of Zeus have only the foundation but also the Altar has survived. The best preserved is the Temple of Concordia. This visit will allow you to discover the impact that Greece had on Sicily.
The cost of the entrance to the Museum and valley is 13,00 euro (full) and 7, 00 euro (reduced).
The extraordinary architectural and archaeological treasures continues with a walk in the heart of Agrigento, among Churches and monuments which are the result of a succession of ancient cultures. We visit the Cathedral (founded at the end of the 11th century) and its treasure which includes the well known Roman sarcophagus of Fedra. We continue with a visit to the Abbazia di Santo Spirito (constructed in 1260) consisting of a Church and a Monestry in which there is one of the best preserved Cloisters in Sicily. In the very central via Atenea you can observe other lavish religious monuments and architecture of the city.
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