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The Landscape and Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples is located on high ground outside the modern city of Agrigento. The Archaeological Park was established in 2000 with the objective to enhance and preserve the historical heritage - the Valley and artistic landscape. The archaeological site was declared in 1997 UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Park is home to the remains of the ancient city of Akragas called "City fairest among how many are traveling for men," according to the greek poet Pindar. The city was founded in 580 BC by the Greeks. During the Greek and then Roman possessions, the city was populated with temples, public and private buildings and only after the Muslim conquest began the declining phase of the city. In fact, the so-called Valley of the Temples was inhabited sporadically and was intended for agricultural production and craft, especially for ceramics and marble. The temples were mostly stripped of blocks that were used for other buildings of commercial and public buildings. Of great interest are the temples which were partially reconstructed, but retain the original buildings such as the Temple of Concordia, Temple of Juno, the Temple of Asclepius, the Temple of Jupiter and the Temple of Hercules. Much of the valley is occupied by early Christian necropolis and Giambertoni not only by the magnificent Tomb of Theron.

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Via Panoramica Valle dei Templi, 31
92100 Agrigento

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