Santa Maria dei Greci is a gem of the Agrigento old town centre including impressive works of art dating back to the 14th century.
While making your down Via Atena, the main street of Agrigento, you will reach the small but lovely church of Santa Maria dei Greci (Saint Mary of the Greek). 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 fourteenth century.
Opening Times: Mondat to Saturday 9.00-12.30 & 16.00-18.00
Address: Salita Santa Maria dei Greci, Agrigento