Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Authorities seize illegal building in Valley of Temples


Agrigento, November 14 - Authorities say they've
seized an illegal construction site in a major archaeological
area near the Sicilian city of Agrigento.
A building under construction without authorization, as
well as a renovation project within the famed Valley of the
Temples were all seized, authorities said Wednesday.
The seven Doric temples at Agrigento, most of which
probably date from the fifth century BC, are one of the glories
of Magna Graecia, a swathe of southern Italy which was once
dotted with wealthy and culturally lavish Greek cities.
The name of the Valley of the Temples, which is a UNESCO
World Heritage site, is misleading as the site is actually
located on a ridge on the edge of Agrigento.
Use of the area has been in dispute for some time.
Last year, the city's mayor fought with a Russian
industrialist intent on buying the ruins of the Temple of Zeus.
Mayor Marco Zambuto said then that the city was interested
in attracting foreign investment in the site, possibly corporate
sponsorships of renovations and maintenance of the temples and
sanctuaries in the valley.

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