Since 1997, the Archaeological site of Agrigento, known as the Valley of the Temples is World Tangible Heritage.
The inscription in the World tangible Heritage list happened in December 1997 during the 21st meeting of the Unesco. The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iii), and (iv), considering that Agrigento was one of the greatest cities of the ancient Mediterranean world and it has been preserved in an exceptionally intact condition. Its great row of Doric temples is one of the most outstanding monuments of Greek art and culture. This Greek colony became an important city both for trade and culture and there in 495 B.C the philosopher Empedocle born.
The Valley of the Temples
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