Agrigento – Day 3 – Part 4 – Ancient Temples

As we made our way through the Valley of the Temples, the modern city of Agrigento seemed to get further and further away.

After an approximately 20 to 30 minute walk, we came upon our first temple, the Temple of Concordia.  Built around 430 BC, the temple is a very beautiful sight, and is considered to be one of the most notable edifices of Greek civilization still in existence.

The goats one sees in the park area are of a distinct ancient breed, known as the “capra girgentana,” and were brought to Sicily over 2,000 years ago by the Arabs.  Today, the breed is near extinction with only a few hundred of them remaining, all in Sicily.

The next temple we came upon was the Temple of Heracles, or Temple of Hercules.  Now mostly in ruins, this temple was erected in 510 BC.

A bridge allows the park visitors to cross the roadway to the other side of the archaeological park area.


Next up: We continue our visit with the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Juno Lacinia, and much more, as we wind up our third day in Agrigento!


Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations that may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Agrigento, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie!


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