Friday, June 20, 2014
Agrigento - ITALY - UNESCO #831
On the southern coast of the Mediterranean Island of Sicily there is a special place near the city of Agrigento. In this site called "Valley of the Temples" there are ruins of several Greek and Roman temples as well as early Christian constructions and burial sites - a true Eden for all archeologists. Thank you so much Ischa, I really appreciate the fact that you took the time for writing and sending this card during your archeological internship, my collection grows to 401 WHS, only 580 to finish. This postcard took 7 days to arrive!
Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C., Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean world. Its supremacy and pride are demonstrated by the remains of the magnificent Doric temples that dominate the ancient town, much of which still lies intact under today's fields and orchards. Selected excavated areas throw light on the later Hellenistic and Roman town and the burial practices of its early Christian inhabitants.