The city was founded in 581 BC, it was then called Akragas and was a very wealthy and luxurious place. The happy times were not going to last long, however, conquerors came, first from Carthago and then from Rome, and sacked the city (the Romans twice), later came Saracens and Normans. The Doric temple ruins, however, are among the finest monuments to be found in Sicily.


City with a view:




What it may have looked like and what it looks like today:



The proud remainders




A socalled telamon, a male caryatid, is lying on the ground, the original stands in the Archaeological museum, here are both of them and some other beautiful artefacts:




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