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Porto Empedocle is the harbour of the large town of Agrigento. The Strait of Sicily is the strait between Sicily and Tunisia. Porto Empedocle is also the nearest harbour for a visit to the World Heritage site of Agrigentum - rather appropriately, since it is named in honour of the 5th century BC Greek philosopher and poet Empedocles.
Porto Empedocles boasts some very interesting mediaeval buildings. Most of the finds from the Greek and Roman occupation are displayed in the archaeological museum. There are spectacular cliff walks along this area. The main attraction of Porto Empedocle is its proximity to the ancient Greek city of Akragas, better known under its later Roman name of Agrigentum. The Valle dei Temple (Valley of the Temples) here contains the remains of five Doric temples along a ridge overlooking the modern city of Agrigento. Of the five temples, the most complete is the Temple of Concord, founded as a port area of the ancient Girgenti, Agrigento today. Girgenti was renowned for his trade of cereals. King Charles V ordered a tower built to protect the territory's reserves of harvested grain, the tower, later converted to a prison is now a social and cultural center.
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