This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Temple of Concordia in Agrigento

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

Temple of Concordia in Agrigento
Temple of Concordia in Agrigento

The Temple of Concordia owes its name to the Latin inscription that was preserved in the vicinity of the building and proclaimed “the harmony of the inhabitants of Agrigentum”. The columns of the temple were made in the Doric order and date back to the 5th century BCE. There are six columns at the front and rear of the structure; thirteen on each side. The temple is located in the so-called The Valley of the Temples in the central part of Sicily, in Agrigento (Roman Agrigentum, Greek Akragas).

The building is 40 by 17 meters. It is one of the best-preserved ancient temples in the world, and certainly in Sicily. In the middle, the temple was divided into three rooms: the middle (cella), the vestibule (pronaos), and the rear chamber (opisthodomos). On the sides from the entrance to the middle room there were stairs that could be used to climb the roof.

The building has survived to our times in an exceptionally good condition, which is due to the fact that the temple has become a Christian basilica. According to tradition, Bishop Gregory at the end of the 6th century was to transform the building into the tabernacle of Saints Peter and Paul. The double dedication may result from the fact that the temple was previously dedicated to the Dioscors – Castor and Pollux. The spaces between the columns have been bricked up; it was not until the 18th century that the building was restored to its original appearance.

In the vicinity of the building, there are remains of a necropolis that existed in the 3rd-6th centuries CE.

IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

If you like the content that I collect on the website and that I share on social media channels I will be grateful for the support. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server.



Find out more!

Check your curiosity and learn something new about the ancient world of the Romans. By clicking on the link below, you will be redirected to a random entry.

Random curiosity

Random curiosity

Discover secrets of ancient Rome!

If you want to be up to date with newest articles on website and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter, which is sent each Saturday.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Subscribe to newsletter

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: