Temple of Concordia in Agrigento
The Temple of Concordia is a well-preserved ancient Greek temple located in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy.
The Temple of Concordia is a well-preserved ancient Greek temple located in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy. It is considered one of the finest examples of Greek architecture in the world and is also one of the best-preserved temples from the ancient world. The temple was built in the 5th century BCE, during the Greek colonization of Sicily, and is dedicated to the goddess Concordia.
The temple is built in the Doric style and is perched on a ridge overlooking the surrounding landscape. It is made of local sandstone and measures approximately 20 meters in length and 40 meters in width. The temple has six columns on the short sides and thirteen columns on the long sides, all of which are made of one piece of stone and stand at a height of around 6 meters. The columns are decorated with flutes and have simple Doric capitals.
The cella, or inner chamber, of the temple is divided into three parts and contains a large statue of Concordia. The front of the temple features a grand staircase leading up to the portico, or covered entrance, which is flanked by two large columns. The pediment, or triangular gable, at the top of the temple is decorated with sculpted figures and scenes from Greek mythology.
The Temple of Concordia was abandoned and fell into ruin in the Middle Ages, but was rediscovered and restored in the 18th century. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is also used as a venue for cultural events, including concerts and theatrical performances.
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