Santa Maria dei Greci Church

Agrigento, Italy

Santa Maria dei Greci is a gem of the Agrigento old town centre including impressive works of art dating back to the 14th century. This rather interesting gothic church was built on the site of an older site, a 5th century Doric Temple dedicated to Athena. The foundations from the older site have been excavated and you can see them through a glass floor.The church was named Greek because, during the Byzantine domination, was a greek-orthodox cathedral. The current sacred building dates from the twelfth-thirteenth century and it has a simple and strict facade characterized by a  Gothic style. The entrance is adorned with a remarkable ogival portal, and the interior has three naves. The church includes precious works of art and frescoes made by some of the most important local artists in the 14th century.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Mark Said (5 years ago)
Quaint and full of history. A must visit!
Bekim Berlajolli (5 years ago)
Fantastic building. Layers of history, including Greek temple foundations
Mr Zombie (5 years ago)
Interesting old church on the top of Agrigento. Church growth in the earth and you can see down level down your feet.
Maria Calipari (6 years ago)
A historic place. The volunteers were wonderful. Thanks for sharing this peice of history with us and keeping it clean, well preserved and rubbish free.
ΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΑ ΔΟΥΚΑ (6 years ago)
In the heart of the historic center of Agrigento..a piece of art
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