Akragas, city of beauty

introduction to the route

The educational route uncovers Akragas’ past through an original sensory experience, where the key is the beauty of the ancient city’s monumental, but also naturalistic, heritage.
In fact, the Akragas development project appears to be inspired by an ideal of beauty even in terms of where the colony was built.
A naturally verdant site, rich in water and fertile soil, characteristics that influenced the entire history of the township, was described by Pindar as “the most beautiful city of mortals”.
The cult of beauty emerges not only from literary sources but also from the place, stretching towards the coast, chosen by the Akragantine people for the construction of the temples.
Both majestic and sober, the temples are still a symbol of the city of Agrigento today.
The hill of the temples would be a monumental sight for sailors who, even from the sea, could see the power of this place, a source of inspiration for poets and travellers, especially from the 17th century onwards during the Grand Tour.
The magnificent and evocative remains of what was one of the ancient metropolises are today a heritage recognised by UNESCO for their Outstanding Universal Value.
They are part of the Archaeological and Landscape Park of the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento, a factor which emphasises the complex physiognomy of this magical setting.
The educational route is accompanied by texts that, by using the five senses, evoke the beauty, prosperity and magnificence of ancient Akragas, allowing visitors to immerse themselves completely in the fascinating atmosphere of this city’s glorious past.

The sanctuary of the chthonic deities

The Temple of Asclepius

The Temple of Hera Lacinia

The Temple of Demeter

The Eleusinian mysteries

Sacrifices for the goddesses that made the fields fertile

Theron, tyrant of the arts and victories

The most beautiful city of mortals

A monument for the victory over Carthage: the Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Akragas building sites

The lively decorations of the temple

The Kolymbetra Garden

Empedocles, the political philosopher

The Twelve Labours of Heracles

From pagan cults to Christian worship: the Church of St. Gregory

The cult of Demeter and Persephone

The Temple of Concordia

The Temple of Heracles

Phalaris, the terrible tyrant

Akragas in the beginning

Reinforcement of natural ramparts

Vegetation in the Gardens

The Sanctuary of Asclepius: a place of welcome for the sick

The walls of Akragas in the fifth century BC