The Valley of the Temples is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful architectural complexes left to mankind by the ancient Greek civilization and the Temple of Concord is its brightest gem. The sheer beauty of this monument is simply breathtaking. Its harmonious forms and perfect proportions have literally enchanted those travellers of Grand Tour seeking the “classic perfection”. Together with the Theseion in Athens and the Temple of Neptune (or Hera) in Paestum, Agrigento’s Temple of Concord is the most well preserved Doric temple in the world. At the end of the 4th century AD, in the Byzantine era, the Christian Bishop of Agrigento turned the temple into a church thus preserving it in an excellent state of conservation. The Bishop ordered a number of arcades to be opened in the lateral walls of the cella, thereby transforming it into a basilica with three naves which he dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. Archaeologists presume that this temple was originally dedicated to the divinities Castor and Pollux. Its name derives from a Latin inscription “Concordia” found in the area which is, however, not connected in any way with the temple itself. This temple has become the symbol of the annual Almond Blossom Fest: an international folklore festival, which by promoting the peace among all peoples, puts together the old and the new city in a choral hug.
The Archaeological Park has three entrances: one to the North “ Teatro Ellenistico” (near to the Ancient Theatre and Archaeological Museum), one the East ” Giunone” (near to the Temple of Juno) and one to the West ” Porta V” (near to the ancient Greek gate).
Each one of the entrances to the Valley of the Temples offer this services: Parking, Tickets, Bus, Information.
Visiting some areas on the outskirts of the Valley of the Temples may subject to the presence of custodians.
Open daily all year round 8.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Evening visits only during the summer:
from Monday to Friday
entry between 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. and exit by 11.00 p.m.;
on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
entry 7.30 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. and exit by midnight.
Ticket to the Valley of the Temples: €10 per person.
Free entry for children, younger than 18 years old. 50% discount for EU citizens between 18 and 25 of age
Valley of the Temples + Archaeological Museum = € 13.50
Valley of the Temples + Garden of the Kolymbethra= € 15.00
Valley of the Temples: contacts for institutional information
Tel. +39 0922621611
Fax +39 092226438
Coop Culture – Ticket Office “Giunone” : contacts for ticket and information
The following coordinates indicate the point of interest
N 37° 17' 22.64''
E 13° 35' 31.35''