Si Trova: ad Agrigento
Lat: 37° 17' 27.86840" N - Long: 13° 35' 4.948979" E
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Totally razed to the ground, the temple of Zeus still retains a unique charm due to its history and for its architectural structure.
It was built by Agrigento after the victory of Himera against the Carthaginians to thanks Zeus.
Its dimensions were colossal, it was surrounded by a wall in which were built 7 half columns on the short sides and 14 on the long ones; those, inside the temple are squared pillars.
Half-height of the wall, between the columns, there were giant figures (7,61 m tall), with and arms behind the nape: the Telamons.
Probably the access to the temple was by two side entrances.
Natural calamities and devastating hand of man, who used the stones of the temple for the construction of the piers of Porto Empedocle, determined its complete destruction.
For a long time, however, a part of the structure survived with three telamons and some columns.
The visit to the temple allows you to see, even in the fall position, parts of the building, some of which even have the incisions used for lifting the blocks; there is also the mold of a Telamone, whose faithful reconstruction is kept in the museum with some heads of the giants and the pillared base of the altar.
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