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Address: Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Description: Built to honor the god Hercules in the early 6th century, this is...
Built to honor the god Hercules in the early 6th century, this is Agrigento's oldest temple that was constructed over a structure of 38 columns, of which only eight are still standing.
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not well maintained, but pretty in the environment

There are many beautiful sites in the valley of temples, some better than others. This one is one of the least well renovated / maintained. However, I find that it is a nice part... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

There are many beautiful sites in the valley of temples, some better than others. This one is one of the least well renovated / maintained. However, I find that it is a nice part of the entire valley.

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Msida, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Part of the valley of temples included in one price of 5 euros for under 25s, (10 euros for above 25s.) Lovely but it was ruined by preservation work using cement and bricks. It could do with some investment to renovate it fully and preserve the blocks better.

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Not because of its scale -- it was massive -- but because it is almost entirely in ruins. Only a few columns have been restored, and it is a poor cousin to the Concord and Juno temples.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

By itself this Temple would be a tribute to the ancient architects and builders, but within the Valley of the Temples it is just another marvel of antiquity. Don't tell Hercules I said so, but the other temples are a little more impressive.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Most:Alexander Hardcastle lived in the villa just adjoining. Presumably he used his considerable personal wealth to raise up these 8 sensational columns. Least: No more restoration has been achieved since his original work was completed.

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Sutton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Give yourself more time just to enjoy landscapes temples are set on the hills, with marvelous outlooks I recommend night views towards the temples from Agrigento (centre). The place is stunning day and night

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The Villages, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

There are partially restored remains of this temple. There are 8 standing columns that were restored by Sir Alexander Hardcastle, an officer in the British Navy. Despite the partial restoration, it is an impressive structure and fits in well with the Valley as a whole.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is the first temple on the path up to Giunone, and is only represented by a few columns, with boulders and "spare parts" scattered about. Megalithic quality, and of an artistic nature which appeals in an abstract sculptural way. Incidentally, on Giunone and Concord, there are six columns on the ends, and thirteen on the sides making for a... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

amazing place to be seen in the region, the monuments beautifuly preseved, place kids, family,couple firendly, great expirence of an ancient history, great place to take amazing pics, beautiful olive garden next to the temple and the interesting modern sculpture of fallen angel next to temple

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Okehampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Oh! How those Greek artists, engineers, builders and artisans all came together so effectively to produce these stone masterpieces for us to marvel at now. Spent a whole day at the foot of this temple - painting. (No decorating!)

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