VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES
TEMPLE OF ZEUS


Even though now it is only a pile of rubbles scattered over a wide area, the l’Olympieion of Akragas was one of the wonders of the ancient world, both for its colossal dimensions and for the originality of its architectural details. The majestic temple was almost as big as a modern football field and its columns exceeded 18 meters in height.  Unlike other temples, a wall decorated externally with half-columns and capitals sealed the Temple of Zeus or Jupiter Olympus. It appears that, between each half-column, at a height of 10 meters, a stone giant called ‘Telamon’ poised on a ledge; these statues, aligned between the columns, were 7,65 metres tall and represented the giants subdued by Zeus and obliged to bear the weight of the temple’s roof on their shoulders. The best-preserved Telamon can be admired today in the Archaeological Museum of Agrigento. In the Valley, laid down amongst of the ruins of the Temple, there is a life-size reproduction of a Telamon; recently original parts of other Telamons have been recomposed and collocated in the same area. To the East of the Temple, the foundations of the enormous altar are clearly visible. This is where the “hecatòmbe” took place: an incredible rituals slaughter of 100 oxen. According to Diodorus Siculus the construction of the Olympieion was interrupted by the Carthaginian conquest in 406 BC which burnt the city.

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 14 June 2021 and until further notice: open Monday to Sunday from 8:30 to 7:00 p.m. (exit by 8:00 p.m.).

Evening visits from 10 July 2021. Monday to Friday: 7pm / 10pm (exit by 11pm). Saturday, Sunday, holidays and days before holidays: 19: 00/23: 00 (exit by midnight).

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

Ticket to the Valley of the Temples: €12  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' 26.92''
E 13° 35' 3.84''

Google maps
37.29081, 13.58440

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