At the eastern end of the Valley of the Temples, poised upon a high rock, the columns of the Temple of Juno reach to the sky. Juno (known to the Greeks as Hera, spouse of Zeus) was considered Queen of the Gods and the patron of wedding and childbirth. The Temple was built in the mid 5th century BC when the Greek city of Akragas was at the height of its splendour. Its entrance, just as all the other temples, is oriented towards the eastern horizon in order to catch the first rays of sun at sunrise and illuminate the statue of the Goddess in the cella within. In front of the Temple, elevated in a high position, the foundations of the massive sacrificial altar are still clearly visible. This is where solemn wedding rituals were held: the ceremony was introduced by offering the Goddess small sacrifices as a purification ritual, then the priest would place the spouses’ right hands over each other and declare their union. The ritual also required the groom to bind a belt around his bride’s waist, which would be untied on her return to the Temple as soon as she was pregnant. The enchanting beauty of this temple has been captured by C.D. Friedrich’s paintbrush in the 19th century.
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
tel. +39 09221839996
The following coordinates indicate the point of interest
N 37° 17' 19.32''
E 13° 36' 0.87''