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  • Temple of Hercules
  • Temple of Hercules
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Si Trova: ad Agrigento
Lat: 37° 17' 25.11440" N - Long: 13° 35' 11.40398" E

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This is certainly the most ancient temple in the valley, it was built between the last years of the sixth century and the early fifth century BC.

It is established that the temple was built to worship Hercules.

The columns are 10 meters high and their diameter is 2.21 m.

Inside, the temple had an entrance, a cell and a back compartment, but in Roman times the cell was divided into three rooms, probably to venerate two other deities associated with Hercules.

The main object of veneration was a beautiful bronze statue of Hercules that seems to have aroused the interest of the Roman praetor Caio Verre, who would have tried to appropriate it without success (it was precisely against the dispossession of goods of Sicily by Verre that the lawyer Cicero wrote the "Verrine" in defense of Sicily).

The temple was reduced to a pile of ruins by an earthquake and so it remained until 1922, when eight columns were raised.

The remains of the great altar are still visible.


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