The Temple of Concordia is one of seven ancient Greek houses of worship you can discover at Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. It was named for a Latin inscription that was found on a dedication marker unearthed in the vicinity of the archaeological site–i.e., a marker not associated with the temple; however, spirited archaeologists took the text on the marker that said something to the effect of “dedicated to the harmony of the people of Agrigento.” It’s a beautiful sentiment knowing the conflicts ancient Greeks experienced with their Carthaginian neighbors and eventual Roman conquerors. The Doric-style building was erected between 440-430 BC. At the end of the 6th century AD, it was consecrated by the Christian Church–an effort to clean it of pagan demons–in the name of Saints Peter and Paul. As a result, the ancient temple was transformed into a Byzantine-style basilica.
You’ll see Concordia up close with an archeologist during all of our small-group Experience Sicily tours in 2020.
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