Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples

The Valle dei Templi, or Valley of the Temples, is an archaeological site in Agrigento (ancient Greek Akragas), Sicily. It is one of the finest examples of art and architecture in Greater Greece, one of the main attractions of Sicily. Much of the excavation and restoration of the churches is due to the efforts of archaeologist Domenico Antonio Lo Faso Pietrasanta, who was Prince of Serradifalco from 1809 to 1812.

The term valley is actually an incorrect name as the place is located on a ridge outside the town of Agrigento. The Valley contains the remains of seven churches, all in Doric style. The churches are as follows: The church of Concordia, which was It was built in the 5th century. The church of Juno, also built in the 5th century BC.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus, built in 480 BC. Church of Castor and Pollux. Church of Hephaestus, also from the 5th century BC. And the Church of Asclepius. There is also the so-called Theroni Tomb in the valley, a large pyramid-shaped tuff monument; scholars speculate that it was built in memory of the Romans who fell in the Second Punic War.

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