Valle dei Templi – Agrigento – Sicily – day03

Valle dei Templi – Agrigento – Sicily – day03

Valle dei Templi

The „Valle dei Templi“ or Valley of the Temples is one of the most outstanding examples of Greece art and architecture in Sicily. It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. The archaeological park and landscape of the Valley of the Temples is the largest archaeological site in the world with 1,300 hectares. It is located near to Agrigent and just a short drive away. I would recommend to use the Parcchechio Porta V to park your car. You can either use a shuttle bus from there to the main entrance or go by taxi. I shared a taxi with a couple. The advantage doing this is that you only have to do the walk from one end to the other once.

The Valley includes remains of seven temples:

Temple of Concordia

The Temple of Concordia was built in the 5th century BC and was turned into a church in the 6th century AD. I is now one of the best preserved temple in the Valley of Temples. The name was given because of a Latin inscription found nearby.

Sicily, August 2017, Agrigento, Valle dei Templi, Concodia Temple

Temple of Juno

The Temple of Juno was also built in the 5th century BC. It was burnt in 406 BC by the Carthaginians.

Sicily, August 2017, Agrigento, Valle dei Templi, Tempio di Giunone

Temple of Heracles

The Temple of Heracles is the most ancient in the Valley and was destroyed by an earthquake. Today only exist eight columns.

 

Sicily, August 2017, Agrigento, Valle dei Templi, Tempio di Ercole

Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Temple of Olympian Zeus was built in 480 BC to celebrate the city-state’s victory over Carthage. It is characterized by the use of large scale atlases.

Temple of Castor and Pollux

Temple of Castor and Pollux. Despite its remains including only four columns, it is now the symbol of modern Agrigento.

Sicily, Agrigent, Valle dei Templi, Temple of Castor and Pollux

Temple of Vulcan

Temple of Vulcan, also dating from the 5th century BC. It is thought to have been one of the most imposing constructions in the valley but it is now one of the most eroded.

Temple of Asclepius

Temple of Asclepius, located far from the ancient town’s walls; it was the goal of pilgrims seeking cures for illness.

My conclusion and tipps

Try to be an early bird. The ater you are the more crowded is it there.

Linklist

Wikipedia Valle dei Templi

Tripadvisor

http://www.valleyofthetemples.com/

 

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