The first temples and the cult of Demeter and Persephone

The senses tell The sanctuary of the chthonic deities

smell
The scent of the rites

The ritual procession in the Sanctuary of the Chthonic Deities was a triumph of contrasting scents that culminated in the second terrace.
In fact, it was here that they lit incense. Its velvety scent intoxicated the air and prepared the setting for the sacrifice to the gods.
In the open air, the smell was very strong when the incense was lit.
At the end of the ceremony, when the incense was extinguished, the wind brought back the scents of nature.

hearing
Songs for the goddesses

On the first terrace of the Sanctuary, the worshippers would meet in the reception and meeting halls of the portico and with offerings began their visit to the temples.
As soon as the procession began, the chatter of the people was replaced by singing that accompanied the procession to the second terrace: the rhythm of the march was kept by flute players, who together with the priests and priestesses led the victims to the place of the sacrifice.
The singing continued on the terrace of the Donari, interrupted only by the noise of the stones being poured into the holes to cover the gifts offered to the goddesses.

taste
Banqueting with the gods

The sacrificial victims were chosen from cattle, pigs, sheep or smaller animals such as dogs or cockerels.
In Akragas, the most common victims were goats and sheep, whose meat, once the animal was killed, was cut and divided into two portions.
The fatty thigh bones made up the sacrificial portion intended for the deities; the remaining parts, on the other hand, were cooked and distributed between the worshippers, who then ate all together.

Phalaris, the terrible tyrant

The sanctuary of the chthonic deities

The Kolymbetra Garden

The Temple of Asclepius

The Temple of Demeter

Akragas in the beginning

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

The Akragas building sites

Reinforcement of natural ramparts

The Temple of Hera Lacinia

The Temple of Concordia

The Twelve Labours of Heracles

The most beautiful city of mortals

Theron, tyrant of the arts and victories

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

Sacrifices for the goddesses that made the fields fertile

The Temple of Heracles

Vegetation in the Gardens

The lively decorations of the temple

The walls of Akragas in the fifth century BC

The Eleusinian mysteries

The cult of Demeter and Persephone

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

Empedocles, the political philosopher