Archaeological Site of Agrigento

Background

  • Name: Archaeological Area of Agrigento
  • Located in present day Italy
  • Added to the World Heritage List in 1997
  • Reasons for nomination:
  • to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius;
  • to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design;
  • to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared;
  • to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history;
  • There are 42 Cultural or Mixed Heritage sites located in Italy

 

Basic Archaeological Site Information:

Site size: 934 hectacres

  • The Area of Argigento is representative of civilizations ranging from the 6th Century B.C. – 7th Century A.D.
  • It was used by both the Ancient Greeks and Romans

 Summary:

The archaeological area of argigento was in an ancient Greek settlement known as Akragas. The site is composed of several Doric temples and ruins of the once thriving ancient town. The area of Argigento is composed of multiple impressive structures; at the head of which is the Temple of Olympian Zeus. This temple is one of the largest Greek structures remaining today.

      Excavation and survey of the site began in 1802 and continued into the 20th century. The research, conservation and protection programs of the site are lead by the Soprintendenza di Agrigento.

The site is considered to be one of the most dazzling remnants of Greek art and culture. It was one of the greatest cities of the ancient Mediterranean world and should be appreciated as such.

Threats: There are no known threats to the site at this time.

 

http://www.lifeinitaly.com/tourism/sicily/agrigento-area

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/831

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