Valley of the temples
Temple of Juno


At the eastern end of the Valley of the Temples, poised on a high rock, the columns of the so-called Temple of Juno rise towards the sky. Juno (known by the Greeks as Hera, wife of Zeus) was considered the Queen of the Gods and protector of weddings 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, like all the other temples, is oriented towards the eastern horizon so as to catch the first rays of the dawn sun and illuminate the statue of the Goddess in the internal cell. In front of the Temple, raised in an elevated position, the foundations

of the massive sacrificial altar they are still clearly visible. Its attribution to Juno derives from an erroneous interpretation of a passage by the Roman writer Pliny the Elder, which actually refers to the temple of Juno on the Lacinio promontory in Crotone. If it had ever been dedicated to Juno, given that she protected conjugal unions, it is easy to imagine that solemn wedding rites took place here: the ceremony was introduced by offering small sacrifices to the Goddess as a rite of purification, then the priest placed the right hand of the bride and groom on the ‘one on the other for declared their union. The ritual also required the groom to tie a belt around the bride’s waist, which would be untied upon return to the Temple as soon as she became pregnant. Whatever divinity was worshiped in this temple, its awe-inspiring beauty was immortalized on canvas by German artist Caspar David Friedrich in the 19th century.

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Archeological Area Tourist Information
THIS information is subject to change without prior notice

The Archaeological Park can be accessed from the east entrance near the “Temple of Juno” or from the west entrance ” Porta V” (near to the ancient Greek gate).

Visitors will be able to enter only last a maximum of 300 people per hour.

Reservation and purchase of tickets through the Call center or on CoopCulture website is recommended.

Each one of the entrances has the following services: Parking, Ticket, Bus, Information.

We are waiting for you for a visit in total safety in compliance with the anti-Covid regulations in force.

From September 18 2022 onwards and until further notice: open every day from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm  (last entry to 7:00 pm)

 

Reservation and purchase of tickets through the Call center or on CoopCulture website is recommended.

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

Combo Tickets

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

CoopCulture – Call center: contacts for reservations, tickets and information

tel. +39 09221839996

The following coordinates indicate the point of interest

GPS
N 37° 17' 19.32''
E 13° 36' 0.87''

Google maps
37.28870, 13.60024

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