The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento

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The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento

The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
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 The Valley of the Temples is the best known and praised in Agrigento and the monuments that are left are the remains of the 'ancient city of Akragas, founded in the sixth century BC by colonists from Gela and became, in less than a century, a glow unique in the world. Destroyed by the Carthaginians in 406, was refounded in 340 new and experienced moments of splendor, but finally proceeded to the decline, which became final with the advent of the Byzantines.
In the Valley of the Temples is possible to admire the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a huge sacred building, one of the largest ever of 'antiquity, more than thirty feet high, which is a completely new solution from an architectural point of view, several times damaged, was the subject of several attempts at reconstruction, and remained standing until the Middle Ages, when, gradually ruined completely.
In the area around the temple of Jupiter, is the temple of Castor and Pollux, the smaller temple of the sacred hill, on which stand out the most elegant four remaining columns. And again, the Temple of Hercules, perhaps the oldest and the most famous of Agrigento, of which there are unfortunately only eight columns and the Temple of Concord, where the Doric architecture is presented in the full range of refined subtleties, which characterize the style. At the Cistercian monastery is also possible to see the Archaeological Museum, where artifacts are collected, relating to Akragas and surroundings.
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