October 15, 2019
Agrigento is famous for its “Valley of the Temples.” Here is a link to Google maps:
The Greek name of the city was Akragas and was founded by the Greeks around 580 BC. Experts have estimated the city had a population in the range of 200,000 to 800,000 around 400 BC. Temples were constructed along the city wall and they were large enough to be seen by ancient mariners in the Mediterranean Sea. More history can be found in the link below.
The Concordia above, is a Greek temple built around 440 BC. Concordia is a Roman name, not Greek. It is unknown what the Greeks called this temple. In the 6th century AD it was converted into a Christian church. Walls to its original configuration. The fact that it was converted to a church is what saved the temple from being deconstructed and the materials used elsewhere. It was common practice to “quarry” blocks from ancient sites. For more detailed information see the link below:
There are several ruins of temples in this area along the ancient city wall.
The temperature was in the mid 80s with humidity. I could have used a little of that snow from last month in the Dolomites. The sun was very harsh. I brought my long sleeve sun shirt and hat. Many people I saw were getting severely sun burned.
The museum, Museo Archeologico Regionale Pietro Griffo, contains artifacts excavated from area around the “Valley of the Temples.” Thankfully it was air conditioned.
Well, it happened again. I felt a little tugging on my pocket…