The monumentalization of Akragas

The Living Almond Museum

At the Park of the Valley of the Temples, archaeological excavations conducted over time have found almond seeds preserved in layers of earth from the late antiquity, highlighting how almonds are linked to the territory of Agrigento.
In order to protect the area’s different varieties, in 1997 the Museo Vivente del Mandorlo (Living Almond Museum) was established. At the foot of the hill of the Temple of Hera Lacinia, around 200 different species grow, which the experts of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Palermo study every day to understand and protect their biodiversity .
Mandorlo in fiore
The main purpose of the Living Almond Museum is to keep the oldest varieties of almonds alive, since they are in danger of disappearing. In addition to this, researchers continue to examine the different specimens to understand which almonds are best for famous Sicilian confectionery, where this ingredient is found in abundance.
Torrone, amaretti and frutta martorana are just a few examples of the delicious Sicilian sweets that use sweet almonds. Every year the community of Agrigento meets at the Park of the Valley of the Temples to celebrate the Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore (Almond Blossom Festival).

The walls of Akragas in the fifth century BC

Reinforcement of natural ramparts

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

The Temple of Asclepius

The Akragas building sites

The Temple of Concordia

The Temple of Heracles

Vegetation in the Gardens

Empedocles, the political philosopher

Akragas in the beginning

The lively decorations of the temple

The Temple of Hera Lacinia

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

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

The cult of Demeter and Persephone

The Temple of Demeter

Phalaris, the terrible tyrant

The Kolymbetra Garden

The Eleusinian mysteries

Sacrifices for the goddesses that made the fields fertile

Theron, tyrant of the arts and victories

The sanctuary of the chthonic deities

The most beautiful city of mortals

The Twelve Labours of Heracles