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Pomegranate

Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples

The Pomegranate is native from West Asia. It has been cultivated in Mediterranean countries since ancient times because of its beneficial effects, beautiful flowers and unique fruits. The inner part of the fruit contains many prism-shaped seeds surrounded by a transparent red fleshy pulp.It is one of the plants that has the most myths, legends and symbols associated with it.
Sacred to many goddesses, especially to Aphrodite, who has, according to a legend, planted it for the first time in Cyprus, the island dedicated to her. For Romans the Pomegranate was a symbol of friendship and democracy, for Arabs it was important in order to extract a red dye and yellow colorant. Mentioned in the Bible as one out of the seven products of the promised Land, in the Song of Solomon the pomegranate is a symbol of fraternity among Jewish people and it is offered as an omen during their New Year. In the Middle Ages it was seen as an allegory of the Church able to bring together in one faith different communities and cultures.

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  • Title: Pomegranate
  • Location: Agrigento, Italy, 37.290879,13.585206
  • Rights: Photo Archive Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi

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