The monumentalization of Akragas

The senses tell the Temple of Olympian Zeus

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Colossal dimensions

In ancient times, when sailors passed by Akragas, they would have been ecstatic and impressed.
In the astonishing belt of temples that embraced the city there was one temple of colossal dimensions that stood out from the rest.
The structure’s bright colours – red, white and blue – increased its immensity.
There was no doubt about it: this was the temple dedicated to Olympian Zeus, king of the gods.

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The shapes of the Telamons

If you look closely at the Akragas telamons you will notice that these huge statues were formed of several blocks of stone stacked on top of each other.
In ancient times this was not so evident: originally, you could slide your hand over these mammoth sculptures and barely feel the transition from one block to another, so precise were the sculptors’ finishing touches.
Today, on the other hand, many details have been lost, leaving the stone corroded and rounded at the edges.

The Temple of Heracles

Theron, tyrant of the arts and victories

The Akragas building sites

The Twelve Labours of Heracles

The Temple of Concordia

The Temple of Asclepius

Empedocles, the political philosopher

Akragas in the beginning

The lively decorations of the temple

The Eleusinian mysteries

The sanctuary of the chthonic deities

The Temple of Hera Lacinia

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

The cult of Demeter and Persephone

Reinforcement of natural ramparts

Phalaris, the terrible tyrant

Sacrifices for the goddesses that made the fields fertile

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

The Temple of Demeter

Vegetation in the Gardens

The walls of Akragas in the fifth century BC

The most beautiful city of mortals

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

The Kolymbetra Garden