Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Valle dei Templi

The Valley of the Temples is located at the south side of Ancient Agrigento, Sicily. In this "valley," which is technically a ridge, stand seven goliath Greek temples. Each temple, created in the Doric style, was constructed between the sixth and fifth centuries BCE. Over time, the site has been excavated and restored. It now bears some of the best examples of Greek buildings outside of Greece itself. Specific attractions are the Temple of Concordia, which is still preserved due to its later use as a Christian Church, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus thought to be the largest Doric temple ever built. While other buildings in the area have been affected by earthquake, it is still impressive to see so much Ancient architecture in one place.
Greg Scarmo

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