The monumentalization of Akragas

The Temple of Hera Lacinia

At the south-east end of ancient Akragas, on the highest rocky spur of the hill of the temples stood the majestic Temple of Hera Lacinia with its east-facing façade.Il Tempio di GiunoneUnfortunately, the temple’s traditional name is wrong and some archaeological finds in the area suggest that the structure was actually devoted to Poseidon .
The temple is of Doric order and dates back to around 450-440 BC.
The structure has an imposing basament of four steps on which six columns rest on the short sides and thirteen on the long ones: this layout, typical of Greek temples of the classic Doric age, made buildings appear harmonious and balanced in shape, despite their colossal size. The basement of the temple measured around 38 by 17 metres, and the columns soared upwards over 6 metres tall! Of the thirty-four still standing, as many as sixteen columns still have their capital.
Those on the north side also support the architrave with part of the decorative frieze.Il Tempio di Giunone 2On the east side of the structure, around fifteen metres from the entrance there are ten steps leading to the altar where sacrifices to the gods took place. The southern side, on the other hand, is the most damaged: over time, the sea air has acted on the soft limestone and made it more vulnerable.Il Tempio di Giunone colonne danneggiateThe inside walls of the cella (shrine) still show signs of the terrible fire that destroyed the temple in 406 BC, during the Carthaginian conquest of the city.

The Temple of Concordia

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

Vegetation in the Gardens

The Temple of Asclepius

Theron, tyrant of the arts and victories

The walls of Akragas in the fifth century BC

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

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

The sanctuary of the chthonic deities

The Temple of Hera Lacinia

Sacrifices for the goddesses that made the fields fertile

Reinforcement of natural ramparts

The cult of Demeter and Persephone

Phalaris, the terrible tyrant

The Kolymbetra Garden

Akragas in the beginning

The Twelve Labours of Heracles

The Temple of Demeter

The most beautiful city of mortals

The Eleusinian mysteries

The Akragas building sites

The Temple of Heracles

Empedocles, the political philosopher

The lively decorations of the temple