The first temples and the cult of Demeter and Persephone

The senses tell The Temple of Asclepius

hearing
The night-time silence that fell on the Sanctuary

The Sanctuary of Asclepius was located outside the walls of Agrigento, far from the noise of the city. It was a very quiet place, where the sick had to rest to heal: for this reason its atmosphere was very relaxing.
Patients would be lulled by the sounds of the surrounding nature or the rustling of water in the fountain at the entrance as they carried out their daily activities.
Then at night, the priests and priestesses had everyone remain silent, lying down, to await their healing; so the noises of the day vanished and the people were left alone in the company of silence.

smell
The scent of nature

The Sanctuary of Asclepius is completely surrounded by nature.
When you visit, it is easy to be carried away by the smells and scents given off by the plants. Particularly after rain, the smell of the wet fields is so strong that it remains indelibly in the mind.

The Twelve Labours of Heracles

The walls of Akragas in the fifth century BC

Phalaris, the terrible tyrant

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

The Temple of Demeter

Theron, tyrant of the arts and victories

Sacrifices for the goddesses that made the fields fertile

The Temple of Hera Lacinia

The Kolymbetra Garden

The Temple of Concordia

The Temple of Asclepius

The Temple of Heracles

Empedocles, the political philosopher

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

The most beautiful city of mortals

Reinforcement of natural ramparts

The cult of Demeter and Persephone

The sanctuary of the chthonic deities

The Akragas building sites

The lively decorations of the temple

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

Vegetation in the Gardens

Akragas in the beginning

The Eleusinian mysteries