The decorative frieze of the Temple of Heracles is a precious testimony that expresses the joy and liveliness of the sacred buildings of Akragas: the ornamentation was a decorated line that flowed around the entire temple, completed below by a red strip accompanied by a small blue slab at each triglyph (a decorative temple element with three vertical grooves).
The cornice, positioned above the frieze, had very fine relief sculptures in the shape of leaves, small palms and lion heads. It was a sight to behold!
The columns of the Temple of Heracles that we can still see tower high and majestic towards the sky.
On their shaft you can still see traces of the smooth plaster coating, which contrasts with the porous consistency of the Agrigento limestone. If you slide your hand across the columns, you can still feel the trace of the vertical grooves.
To the touch, the column is more pronounced in the parts covered with plaster, and less so in the sections of limestone, a softer material, corroded by time and adverse weather.