The Temple Of Heracles

© RicardMN Photography

© RicardMN Photography

Remains of the Temple of Heracles in the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, Sicily, southern Italy.
The traditional name of this temple comes from another mention by Cicero about a temple dedicated to the classical hero “not far from the forum”; however, it has never been proven the latter (the agora of the Greek city) was located in this point.
The building, with 20th century anastylosis, measures 67 x 25.34 m, with a peristais of 6 x 15 Doric columns and a cella with pronaos and opysthodomus, is located over a three-step basement. It is the first example (later become common in the Agrigento temples) of pylons inserted between the pranos and cella, housing the stair which allowed inspections of the roof. The columns are rather high and have wide capitals. On the eastern side are remains of the large altar.

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