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Agrigento

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  • Day370

    Day 371: Temples of Agrigento

    February 20 in Italy

    Woke up to overcast skies, but at least no rain! The accommodation we'd chosen was actually inside the archaeological park, so we headed out after breakfast and walked to the entrance. The main entrance here is known as the Valley of the Temples, a fairly inaccurate name since it's a bunch of temples stretched out along a ridge line. Normally people start at the top of the ridge and walk down past the temples to the bottom then get a taxi back to the top, but we figured we might as well walk the lot, so started at the bottom.

    Most of the temples are from the same era, around 500 BC when the city was founded by Greek settlers. There's ruins of several temples still here, though since most of the records are gone it's not really known what each specific temple was used for.

    First up was the Temple of Juno, of which only six columns remained. When I say remained it's a bit of a misnomer, since they were re-erected in the 19th century.

    Next up the hill was the largest temple, dedicated to Zeus. This is the only one with surviving contemporary records, so we know for sure who it was dedicated to and why. It covered a huge area, though it was mostly just a pile of rubble sadly. It was distinguished though by a bunch of atlases - or columns in the shape of people (named after the titan Atlas, condemned by Zeus to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders for eternity).

    Up next was the Temple of Hercules, though I can't remember why it had that name - it was something added much later. Only a few columns remained of this one, but it had a very dramatic position right next to the edge of the ridge.

    Further up the hill was the temple of concordia, so named because there was a Roman-era inscription discovered nearby that spoke about agreements and harmony. This is the best preserved temple on site, and looks in fantastic condition. Apparently this is the temple that inspired the UNESCO logo which I thought was a really cool touch! It also shows a few signs of fire damage from a Carthaginian invasion in 406 BC.

    Lastly we came to the top of the ridgeline and the temple of Juno. As we'd been walking the weather had turned extremely nice - warm and sunny which made for an excellent change! We had our picnic lunch in the shadow of the temple and then bought a gelato which the guy stacked up huge! We took in the sight of the temples, reflecting on how Juno and Concordia were essentially twins of each other (though we aren't the first to make that observation).

    Unfortunately we were now at the furthest point of the park from our accommodation, so rather than just walk back down the ridge we opted to walk around the perimeter to the museum. But worse luck - because of the road closure the museum was also closed, so we walked the long way round for nothing! Alas.

    Home late afternoon and quite tired, but satisfied with the day - I'd really enjoyed the temples in particular. Annoyingly, in addition to this house being very cold, it was also very poorly connected with internet! Extremely slow, so we couldn't get much done online either. Instead I just got on with editing videos. Since my YouTube schedule is still posting videos from Germany, I've been extremely slack and let a huge backlog build up. Time to start clearing things!
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  • Day3

    Sicilija dan 3 - Agrigento

    September 8, 2014 in Italy

    Alora...naše potovanje se nadaljuje, po zajtrku se poslovimo od Trapanija in se odpravimo na 168 km pot do Agrigenta. Ustavimo se ob solinah blizu mesta Marsala in potem naprej skozi mesto Marsala. Mesto kot taksno nas ne navduši in se odpeljemo kar skozi, lepo ob obali naprej. Prvi postanek je na dolgiiii peščeni plaži, kjer spijemo tukaj obvezni espresso, potem pa naprej proti Agrigentu. Marsala in del poti proti Agrigentu je pokrajina umazana, pusta, vmes pa se potem začne kazati gorati in tudi bolj zelen obraz Sicilije. Vinogradi, nasadi oljk, pomaranče in končno prispemo v Agrigento. Mogočno in slikovito mesto na hribu, ki gleda na morje. Sicer je mesto hudo sitno za vozit, malo iščemo naše domovanje (Terraza sul Rabato, via Garibaldi 142), ga najdemo in pričaka nas prijazna gostiteljica, dobimo kar apartma z dvema sobama, balkonom, iz katerega se nam odpira pogled na morje in na Dolino templjev, kamor gremo jutri.

    Po nastanitvi se odpravimo nazaj proti mestu Realmonte, kjer je famozna Scala dei Turchi, bela stopničasta skala, katero trumoma obiskujejo turisti, tudi smo :)

    Prej seveda lačni iščemo še neko hrano, ker so Sicilijanci težki maherji in praktično med 13 in 17 uro je vse zaprto, za njih kao poletje traja do konca oktobra in je kao prevroče in imajo zaprto. Je pa res da so temperature med 29 in 33 stopinj, poletje je :)

    Najdemo jo na poti do skale, spet pizza, drugo,nam niso hoteli ponudit, so pa prijazno naredili izjemo in smo se najedli. Eva je se uživala na plaži, tekala po mivki in potem smo šli še pogledat to famozno Scalo dei Turchi. Lepo, belo :) ampak gužva. Naša mala popotnica nimbila navdušena nad atijevo željo po fotografiranju, sladoled je zmagal in plezanje med ostalimi turisti bo morda počakalo na jutri ali kaki drugi obisk Sicilije :)

    Spravimo se nazaj in v market po večerjo in malico, kosilo za ure ko ne delajo. To je tudi najboljsa opcija da se ugodno in poceni prezivi, pa se izognemo se temu iskanju odprtih lokalov, ki te nemilosrdno opalijo. Dnevni budget je zaenkrat cca 100 eur na dan, plus minus, za vse nas tri. Ni poceni, ni pa pretirano zaenkrat. Pocasi bomo iskali opcije, da bomo tudi sami si kaj skuhali, bo se ceneje.

    Nočni ogled Agrigenta z avtom končamo hitro, enosmerne so sitne in center si bomo raje ogledali jutri, ko pridemo iz Doline templjev. Lahko noč Agrigento.
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  • Day3

    Das Tal der Tempel (Teil 2/2)

    September 24, 2017 in Italy

    In Agrigent angekommen ging es auch sofort los. Rauf zu den vielen wunderschönen und atemberaubenden Tempel. Schon bei der Anfahrt konnte man diese pompösen Bauwerke bewundern, oder eher das, was von ihnen noch übrig ist. Es ist wirklich bemerkenswert wie die Menschen damals solche Meisterwerke ohne technische Hilfe zustande bekommen haben. Chapeau. Meine Damen und Herren. Heutzutage kriegt man nicht mal einen "lumpigen" Flughafen hin ... aber nun gut, dass ist ein anderes Thema.

    Ja das Wetter hatte sich dann zum Glück auch endlich wieder von der besten Seite gezeigt und man konnte zusätzlich noch die Sonne genießen. Der Ausblick auf das Meer und die umgebende Landschaft war mal wieder ein Traum. Ich kann es jedem nur empfehlen hier mal herzukommen. Auch für Kulturbanausen gibt es hier jede Menge zu bestaunen, auch wenn es nur die Menschen sind, die mit den schrägsten Posen versuchen das schönste und beste Selfie vor jedem Tempel zu machen. Ich würde meine Hand dafür ins Feuer legen, dass 90% nicht mal wussten wo sie sind geschweige denn wovor sie gerade ein Selfie machen... diese Menschheit 🙈

    Danach ging es dann zum nächsten Hotel wo wir am Abend mit typischer sizilianischer Küche kulinarisch verwöhnt wurden. Wären da nicht die Fenchel Würstchen gewesen. Ja Lotti ist auf Reisen, was das Essen anbelangt immer sehr mutig und ja manchmal überschätzt sie sich auch... so auch an diesem Abend... Jedoch konnte ich mal wieder ein paar Premieren feiern. So gab es für mich zum ersten mal Ricotta. Ist okay, muss ich aber nicht immer haben. Der ganze andere Rest war super, wären da nicht diese Würstchen gewesen... ich dachte, es sind normale in einer leckeren Tomatensoße... Pustekuchen.... Würstchen in einer Tomaten FENCHEL Soße... Okay notiert... Fenchel kommt auf die "nie wieder in meinem Leben" Liste. Wirklich für manche mag dies lecker sein, für mich in diesem Leben defintiv nicht, vielleicht im nächsten... wer weiß das schon :D ... also guten Appetit und Augen auf bei der Essenswahl 😂

    (10.475 Schritte / 7,8km)
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  • Day3

    Agrigento

    June 2, 2017 in Italy

    Provinzhauptstadt, beeindruckend sind die Tempelruinen im Tal der Tempel. Besonders eindrucksvoll ist der Concordiatempel, einer der besterhaltensten Tempel der griechischen Welt.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Agrigento, Agrigent, Girgenti, Agrigente, Agrixento - Agrigento, אגריג'נטו, QAO, アグリジェント, Agrigentum, Agridžentas, Агридженто

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