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“its pretty”

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci
Ranked #4 of 78 things to do in Agrigento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 October 2017

the remains of the old temple underneath the church are interesting. plus the entrance to the church is pretty cute

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

The current church you see now dates from Norman times but when you enter the church, you can admire the original columns of the Greek Temple dedicated to Athena or Zeus (there is no consensus) dating back to 5th century BC. In the interior there are three aisles, a Norman wooden ceiling and interesting but damaged Byzantine frescos.
This is truly worth the walk uphill walk along narrow streets and the few euros contribution to enter the church.

Thank Joseph G
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

The Catholic Church of Santa Maria dei Greci is a beautiful Little Gem that you should try to see when in Agrigento seeing the Greek Ruins .. This lovely little church was built of an Ancient Greek Temple, was begun around 1200 AC and is a mixture of Greek and Byzantine styles. Yes you are most likely in Agrigento to see The Valley of The Temples which is an absolute must do with the Cathedral San Gerlando of Agrigento would be 2nd on your list, and I would say along with the Pirandello Theater being 3rd, Id make this church your number 4 most important stop.

When anywhere in Italy, especially the South & Sicily seeing as many beautiful churches is near the top of my list after the Food, and other major sights. I love a big beautiful cathedral but for some reason it's the small little Gem Churches like this one that move me most, and if you go there I'm sure you'll agree.

If going there I would highly recommend one of the best places to eat in all of Agrigento. It's a small little rosticceria tavola calda called PALUMBO and it's right at the PIAZZA SINATRA which is on the way to this church. This place is great for lunch or dinner. Trust me, they make one of the best Roast Chicken with Potatoes you're ever likely to eat in your life, and at just 3.5 Euros its an absolute steal. Everything is great here including : Pasta, ARANCINI (Rice Balls) and Frittata. So make it a great double header of lunch or dinner at PALUMBO before or after going to the lovely little church fo Santa Maria d Greci. Enjoy !

1  Thank Daniel B
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

As so often in Sicily, this lovely small church encapsulates layers and later and centuries and centuries of history. The site was first a Greek temple, and has been reused in various forms over time, with previous uses leaving traces on the building. When we visited, a young woman volunteer was there to give us some information about the church.

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Reviewed 15 May 2017

This church dates back to the 1100's and has a rather magical quality to it. It is small, wonderfully ancient in feel, and tranquil. Very special place.

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