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Archaeological Area of Agrigento
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 6th cent.B.C.
Date of Inscription: 1997
Location: Europe, Italy, Sicily, Province of Agrigento
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Description: Agrigento, founded as a colony by the Greeks in the 6th century B.C., developed into one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean world. The remnants of the glorious Doric temples that dominate the ancient town demonstrate the past supremacy and pride. Much of the town still lies intact under the fields and orchards of today. Some excavated areas offer us knowledge of the later Hellenistic and Roman town as well as the burial customs of its early Christian population. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Agrigento (Girgenti in Sicilian) is a city on the southern coast of Sicily, Italy, and capital of the province of Agrigento. It is renowned as the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragras (a.k.a. Acragas in Greek, Agrigentum in Latin, and Kerkent in Arabic), one of the leading cities of Magna Graecia during the golden age of Ancient Greece. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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