Our guide, Tomasso, met us at the bus and walked us through these ancient ruins some of the best Greek ruins in the world. The temples were built in the 5th century B.C. on hilltops so as to be visible from the sea and display the gods protecting this center of Magna Graecia.
Tomasso explained some of the optical illusions employed in constructing these Doric temples. I asked him how old some of the olive trees were and he told us that they’d carbon dated some and found some to be 600 years old.
The last and largest of all is a Temple to Zeus, king of the gods. It was never finished before Hannibal and the Carthagenians sacked Agrigento - somewhat ironic since the temple was likely built with the slave labor of captured Carthagenian soldiers from previous battles. The whole temple was finally toppled by earthquakes and much of the stone was quarried (recycled) to build in the city of Agrigento.
Her collection was a group of mythical creatures.
After bidding Tomasso good-bye we headed toward Segesta but stopped off for our final feast of the trip. Pranzo at Trattoria Caico just across the street from the shore.
Our last stop before returning to Palermo was Segesta just before sunset.