Relive the splendor of the Greek colonization in Sicily

EXCPMO-kolymbetra agrigento

Departure from your hotel to Agrigento. Visit to the Valley of the Temples with a local guide. The Valley of the Temples is one of the most important examples of Ancient Greece and one of the main attractions of Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy. The area was included in 1997 in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Site. Much of the excavation and restoration of the temples is due to the efforts of archaeologist Domenico Antonio Lo Faso Pietrasanta (1783-1863), who was the Duke of Serradifalco from 1809 until 1812. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon return to Palermo.

Due to its good state of conservation, the Temple of Concordia is between the most important buildings of the Greek civilization existing today. It has a peristyle of 6x13 columns built on a foundation of 39.44 x 16.91 m; every Doric column presents twenty grooves and a entasis light, and is crowned by an architrave with metopes and triglyphs: equally well preserved are the eardrums. You enter the cell, preceded by a portico through a single pass. The exterior and the interior of the temple were covered with a polychrome stucco. The upper structure had gullies with lions as busts, while the roof was covered with marble slabs.

When the temple was converted into a church entrance was moved to the rear and the rear wall of the cell was destroyed. The spaces between the columns were closed, while arcuate openings 12 were created in the cell, in order to obtain a structure of a nave and two aisles. The pagan altar was destroyed and some vestry were carved in the corners to the east. The burials visible inside and outside the temple date back to the Middle Ages.



Departure time: 08.00 AM 

Duration: 6 hours

Entrance fees are not included

Lunch is not included

EXCPMO-Valle dei Templi Agrigento Sicily Italy

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