Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Agrigento

Hopefully it's just the screen I'm looking at, but these pictures seem "off." Don't know what it is!

Moving on...

On Monday, we decided to take a little road trip and headed two hours southwest to Agrigento. Agrigento, according to the handy site Wikipedia, is the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragras, which was one of the leading cities of Magna Graecia during the golden age of Ancient Greece.

The city is thought to have been established around 580 BC and quickly became one of the richest cities during the Magna Graecia period. It went through a lot of wars, and in 210, the Romans capured it and changed the name to Agrigentum. After the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC, its occupants were recognized as Romans. It changed hands a bunch of times after that, from the Ostrogothic Kingdom, to the Byzanthine Empire. In 1927, Mussolini took control of it, and restored the name to one that was more Italian - hence "Agrigento." (thank you, Wikipedia!)

We visited the Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), which is by far the main tourist attraction and is a World Heritage Site. Seven Greek temples were constructed in the area during the 5th and 6th centuries BCE and are some of the largest and best preserved Greek buildings outside of Greece.

Temple of Hera. Built for the Greek goddess, Hera.




What remains of the Temple of Hercules.




Me, looking pregnant (I'm not!), and sitting on some old rocks. ;)



Hercules, Hercules!



Temple of Concord - dedicated to the Greek goddess Concordia.








History, rocks, ancient-ness (my new word) - Token's in heaven!!



I think he's creating a blueprint in his mind for the temple he's going to build for me. Hahaha! Temple Tracie, for the goddess Tracie. :p




I might have flashed some Italians getting up into this thing. Oops.








Who's ready to visit and learn more about Greek temples?!? Come on over - I'm a pro!!!

1 comment:

Tammie said...

These pictures are absolutely amazing! You have such talent! It's good to see you in some of the pictures, too :-) I wish I was there traveling around with you guys! I'll just have to live through your blog and your pictures.