One Sunday afternoon from our base in Caltagirone we set out to Agrigento and it’s famed Valley of the Temples. The weather was hot but it was overcast which was nice. We strolled around this hilltop in a valley that was covered with ancient Greek temples and other ruins.
We wandered through them marveling at how well they were preserved. It is said that the Tempio Della Concordia is one of the best preserved Greek temple in the world. In total there are over 20 ruins that run the length of the hill. We explored and touched the stones and pillars of Tempo Di Ercole. The dimensions were impressive and with a prominent spot on the ridge had a beautiful view towards the sea.
These temples had a spectacular setting. Aligned East West on a cliff looking out to sea. Over the years they have been converted to Mosques and Churches depending on who was in power. Some were toppled by earthquakes over the centuries and the stone was used in new buildings.
They now are closely protected, like other ruins in Italy, structural enhancements have been made to reduce further degradation and collapse.
We left after the moon started to rise. They were getting ready to close the park to prepare it for a wedding and ballet concert. People were in for a magical night. We just had a great experience connecting with the ancient world. We had visited Greece and didn’t have to leave Sicily.
In the valley of the Temples near the sea is where the Greeks built many temples over 2500 years ago. Near this ruined one is the best preserved temple of all.