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Archaeological Museum, (Museo Archeologico)

The archaeological Museum of Agrigento, located near the Church of San Nicola is certainly one of the most interesting and visited tourist attractions of Sicily. Designed by architect Franco Minissi, it was built in the 1960-ies in the heart of the ancient city on the hill next to the Church, where once stood the Villa of Ciantro, Pannitteri. It offers a panoramic view of the famous Valley of the Temples - UNESCO world Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. The Museum has some old restored buildings (cloister of San Nicola, the 14th century), and modern buildings. Its Grand opening was held in 1967.

Inside contains a unique collection dedicated to the glorious past of Greece and the great history of ancient Akragas, as used to be called Agrigento. The exhibits are arranged in chronological order and in accordance with the place of discovery. Usually guided tours of the Museum begin at the Gothic portal of the Cistercian Church of San Nicola with its beautiful facade in Romanesque style. First stop at the cliff overlooking the valley of the Temples, then at the top of the ruins of the Agora - ancient Greek market square of the time of Timoleon and finally, the cloister of a Cistercian monastery, where, in fact, are part of the Museum exhibits. Here you can see the clay figurines, objects of sacrifice, the dishes of the 7th century BC and classic vases, including a bowl with scenes of sacrifice, the chalice with the image of Perseus and Andromeda and the so-called "vase of Gela" (Gela was a Greek port in Sicily). Particularly noteworthy are the Kouros (statue of young athletes) and a giant statue of Telamon, brought from the temple of Olympian Zeus. Among the most ancient exhibits are artifacts that belonged to people shikanov who lived in these areas in the bronze age - around the 15th century BC Here is kept the ancient trinacria, found in Sicily, which today is considered a symbol of the island.