Italy-2357 - Valley of the Temples

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    One of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions is without a doubt the Valley of the Temples, just outside Agrigento.

    Modern Agrigento used to be the Greek city of Akragas, a colony of settlers mainly from Rhodes and Crete. The city, supposedly founded in 582 BC, soon became prosperous and, in its glory days, was one of the most important and most culturally advanced Greek cities in the Mediterranean.

    However, as it grew more and more successful, so did its rivalries with other Greek colonies, especially that of Siracusa. In 406 BC Hannibal and the Carthaginians, working in partnership with Dionysius of Siracusa, laid siege to the city. After holding out for eight months, Akagras finally fell and its citizens were removed to Gela. Later, they were allowed to return but were prohibited from fortifying their town and had to pay taxes to Carthage.

    After a relatively peaceful and undistinguished period, Akagras was thrown into the First Punic War (264 BC) on the side of the Carthaginians and was defeated by the Romans in 210 BC.

    Tree is over 800 years old.

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    1. Carlos Vieira. 52 months ago | reply

      Stunning image. Have a nice day.

    2. Uscè (OFF/OFF) 52 months ago | reply

      Wonderful compo, my friend!
      Have a nice day and a great new year!

    3. Hazeldon73 52 months ago | reply

      excellent compo&detail,happy new year Dennis!

    4. picolojojo 52 months ago | reply

      Magnifique image,,, So beautiful,,,
      Have a wonderful day !!!!

    5. Gaio Torquato 52 months ago | reply

      Magnifica composição...

    6. cellphonephotographer 52 months ago | reply

      Fine Shot! Happy New Year

    7. Greg Lilly Photos 52 months ago | reply

      Nicely seen and composed as always Dennis!!!!!

    8. green_lover 52 months ago | reply

      Awww... what a fantastic tree! Beautiful shot!

    9. Cjasar 52 months ago | reply

      Great place, only 1000 km far from my home, but I never visited it.

    10. MadonnaJ 52 months ago | reply

      Brilliant, superb, excellent shot !

    11. champbass2 52 months ago | reply

      Beautifully composed shot. Thanks for the history as well. How old do you think that Olive tree is? They too have an incredible tenacity for life!!

    12. myobb (David Lopes) 52 months ago | reply

      Fantastic picture... excellent composition.... great exposure.

      Congrats :-)

    13. Tony Shertila 52 months ago | reply

      the ancient olive tree give so much grace to the shot
      Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

    14. Ola55 52 months ago | reply

      Wonderful pov! Great composition! Happy New Year!

    15. Cindy3039- 52 months ago | reply

      What a marvelous old tree and Happy New year Dennis
      I bet this tree could talk what stories it could tell!

    16. il_drive 52 months ago | reply

      Fabulous composition!!! The tree is marvelous!

      Have a great day!! :)

    17. V@!$#143 52 months ago | reply

      nice framing here!

    18. Tammy Lynn D 52 months ago | reply

      Is that an Olive Tree? Magnificent.

    19. MargaretDonald 5 months ago | reply

      wonderful tree. (Wish there was the same respect for trees in this country.)

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