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Spectacular Agrigento, Sicily
The Spectacular Ruins of Agrigento, Sicily

Agrigento

Cities and Towns in Sicily

The crowning glory of western Sicily is the concentration of Greek temples at Agrigento, on a height between the modern city and the sea known as the Valle Dei Tempi  - Valley of Temples.  


Built on a broad open field that slopes gently to the sun-simmered Mediterranean, Akragas (ancient Agrigento's Greek name) was a showpiece  of temples erected to flaunt a citory over Carthage.  Despite a later sack by the Carthaginians, mishandling by tthe Romans, and neglect by the Christians and Muslims, the eight or so monuments in the Valley dei Tempi are considered to be, along with the Acropolis in Athens the finest Greek ruins in all the world.  

Whether you first come to the Valle dei Tempi at Agrigento in the early morning light, or bathed by the golden floodlights at night, it's easy to see why Akragas was celebrated by the Greek poet Pindar as "the most beautiful city built by mortal men". 

 

 

 

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