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Temple of Hercules

Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #7 of 24 Attractions in Agrigento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
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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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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staffordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

don't know why I just loved it. It was a wonderful shape, the other temples are fabulous but this was just something extra special

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Temple of Hercules sits upon a rise with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean and the valley in the foreground. Get your guide book "The Valley of the Temples of Agrigento" Discovering Ancient Akragas and read during your walk.

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Beenleigh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

It would have been great to see it fully restored with a roof and internal decorations as it did in its heyday. Well preserved and a fantastic photo opportunity. Around it are old olive trees and wild flowers everywhere. The view of Agrigento on the higher hill were superb. Views of the sea and surrounding countryside were also very good.... More

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