Agrigento RuinsRuins of Agrigento
It is one of the oldest cities of Sicily, baptized with many names and resurrected on many ruins.
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The Agrigento archeological site in Sicily, which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997, is an extraordinary historical witness to the Magna Graecia's present in the area and in the following periods. In addition to the ruins of the Hellenistic town, the impressive Dorian temple - almost all of which have survived to this date - the amphitheatre, the heathen and Christians' necropolis and the creeping net of underground water pipes form the wealth of this site.
On an area of around 1,300 ha it tells a thousand-year-old story that began in the sixth century B.C. with the founding of the antique Grecian settlement of Akragas. Agrigento's archeological site is located in the area of the splendid temple. Zeus Temple - or Jupiter of the Olympians - and the only remains of which the main basilica and the main alter are, was one of the largest classical temple in Greece.
Agrigento's oldest is more like Hercules or Hercules, while the best conserved is Concordia, probably the most imposing Greek Doric shrine, which is still conserved after the Parthenon of Athens. Hera Lacinia (or Juno) was erected at the same time as the Concordia and was rebuilt towards the end of the fifth century.
The temples of Castor and Pollux (the Dioscuri) are also of interest; the sanctuary devoted to the gods of grains and plants (also known as the Chtonic deities) - Demeter and Persephone - who were worshiped with great dedication by the ladies in these areas; the temples of Hephaestus or Vulcan, which is opposite the former template through a basin that is supplied by an Aqueduct;
Later Augustan-Iberian temples of Isis; the one devoted solely to Demetra and linked to the Rupe Atenea, the highest point of the town ( "old acropolis"); the sanctuary of Asklepios - the Grecian medical gods - a centre for therapeutical rituals; and lastly the Athena sanctuary, now part of the church of Santa Maria dei Greci.
There is no shortage of fine works and scenery, including the antique Greek-Roman agrora, the centre of local social activity built on the area' s patios; the town hall or bouleuterion in the north of Poggetto di San Nicola; and the gymnasium, the old place for sports, education and leisure time.
There is a valley of temples, which has a wealth of Greek, Latin and early Christians necropolis not far from the old town; and the grave of Theron, so named because of a spelling mistake - the grave has nothing to do with the Akragas bull. Not least, the remarkable aqueduct, the tessellated flooring that has been preserved in areas such as the Hellenistic and Rome residences (here Villa Athena is outstanding ) and in the early Christians' basilicas of later times are also notable.