Church of the St. Mary of the Greeks

recommended visit time
40 minutes

The Church of Santa Maria dei Greci is an authentic architectural jewel: the perfect fusion of a Christian temple and Greek temple which together embrace more than twenty five centuries of worship. It is located in the heart of the ancient centre of the city and is called “of the Greeks” because it was a Greek-orthodox cathedral in the Byzantine era. In the Arabian period it was a safe haven of the Christian cult and subsequently the Normans adopted it as a catholic cathedral, which it remained until the new cathedral built by Bishop Gerlando was completed. The building dates from the 12th or 13th century and has a Gothic portal preceded by a lovely courtyard; it was built on the basement of a 5th century BC Greek temple, allegedly dedicated to the goddess Athena. The remains of the peripteral Doric temple are partially incorporated into the structure of the church and clearly visible in the lateral walls and through the glass floor; by means of a narrow underground corridor you can reach the ancient temple basements. Fragments of a precious 15th century fresco can be scoured on the lateral wall and to the right there is a rare 17th  century wooden statue of Mother Mary. Be sure to admire the 16th or 17th century wooden ceilings.

Tourist Information
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The Church of Santa Maria dei Greci is a short walk downhill from Via Duomo or uphill from Via Athenea.

The guided visit of the church is included in the “Art & Faith” itinerary.

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

From November 4th to March: open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

From April to November 3: open every day from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

All-in ticket: MUDIA Diocesan Museum + Cathedral + Towers + Sarcophagi hall + Church of S.ta Maria dei Greci = € 7 per person.

Reduced All-ln ticket *: aged between 18 and 25 = € 5.00

Free *: Minors of 18 years – Guides of groups in service – Disabled – Residents in the territory of the Diocese of Agrigento – Ecclesiastics – Journalists – ICOM Members – MVG pilgrims with testimonials.

Single ticket = € 3.00

(*) it is necessary to show a suitable document


Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci: contact for further information or to book visits at different times

tel. +390922490061

cell. +393277549152

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci, Via  Santa Maria dei Greci  – 92100 Agrigento

The following coordinates indicate the point of interest

N 37° 18' 46.62''
E 13° 34' 39.87''

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37.31295, 13.57774

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