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Agrigento is an ancient city that dates back to the time of the Greeks, so there are specimens of every architectural era since antiquity. The city is, in fact, has been classified as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage site since 1997 due to its archaeological treasures, in particular its Doric temples and Roman structures.
Here are seven Greek temples in the Valley of the Temples to the south of Agrigento, constructed during the 6th and 5th centuries BC. The area is still undergoing excavation today, but two buildings attributed to Juno and Concordia (Roman goddesses) are in very good condition and open to visitors. The Temple of Concord, especially, is almost completely intact, having been converted to a Christian church and thus preserved. The other Grecian temples, such as those dedicated to Hephaestus, Hercules and Asclepius, are more fragmentary. There are also other Hellenic and Roman remains around the temples, including sanctuaries, tombs, monuments, houses, streets and even a small amphitheater.There are also a number of medieval and Baroque buildings in Agrigento, notably the 13th century Church of Santa Maria dei Greci and the city duomo, Cathedral of Saint Nicolas. There is also the Palma di Montechiaro, a feudal fortress to the east of the city.