The drive from our house to Agrigento was about 2.5 hours. We went through beautiful agricultural terrain filled with groves of oranges. It reminded me of stories I've hear of what San Jose, Ca. used to be like.
The term "valley" for this site is a misnomer, as the site is up on a ridge not in a valley. It is huge, about 3200 acres, and is the largest archeological site in the world. The site includes the remains of 7 temples all in the Doric style.
A five hundred year old olive tree stands as a welcoming sentinel to the site.
The Temple of Concordia is remarkably preserved and is ranked among the most notable structures from ancient Greek times. It was built in the 5th century BC. This is really hard to imagine when you are standing there looking at it. The temple is simply magnificent. One of the reasons it is so well preserved is that it was turned into a church in the 6th century AD, but later the walls of the church were destroyed and the Greek temple was allowed to remain in all of its splendor.
|Temple of Concordia|
Off to the right of the picture, you can see the town of Agrigento. The temples are by themselves, without all of the tacky tourist shops that one often finds near these type of sites.
|Temple of Juno Lacinia|