Akragas, Panoramic View


Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples
Agrigento, Italy

Founded in 580 BC by settlers from the colony rhodium - Cretan Gela, the city occupied a large calcarenitic plateau delimited and naturally defended by steep cliffs, surrounded by Akragas and Hypsas rivers and not far from the sea. The harbour of city was placed at the mouth of the river Akragas, where now stands the fishing village of San Leone. The boundary wall fit the shape and the walls are raised using the natural course of the cliff, made even more inaccessible for men. on important characteristic of the topography of Akragas is the location along the walls of the main holy buildings and shrines, which are arranged along the eastern and southern area of the city, as a kind of ritual defense of the city.


  • Title: Akragas, Panoramic View
  • Date Created: -580
  • Location: Agrigento, Italy, 37.290879,13.585206
  • Rights: Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi di Agrigento - Photos by Emanuele Simonaro, Angelo Pitrone

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