The temple of Concordia at Agrigento is one of the best preserved Doric order Greek temples, it was built in the 5th century BC. Concordia is the Roman goddess of harmony and agreement in society/marriage. The temple currently is in such good condition because as converted into a Christian basilica in the 6th century dedicated to the apostles Peter and Paul by San Gregorio delle Rape, the bishop of Agrigento and thus survived any destruction of pagan places of worship.
The Doric temple of Segesta was extremely interesting to observe considering the unique narrative surrounding its role and history. The temple’s claim to fame is that it was never actually finished which can be especially witnessed as the columns are unfluted and the knobs still remain on the sides of the temple stairs. This temple was allegedly built only to show of the “great wealth” of the inhabitants of the area in order to motivate Athenian forces to help Segesta because riches and wealth would be given to them in turn. Ultimately, Athenians do help Segesta in battle however they eventually realize they were being lied to and Segesta only provides little aid/resources to the Athenian forces who fight on their behalf.
This square, known as the square of Shame, hosts a massive fountain that is a focal point for nude statues of various figures and creatures. The large fountain is considered to represent the corruptness throughout Palermo. The square itself is an impressive display of urban planning as the space is shaped and defined through the walls of two churches and the town hall. I particularly liked the layering of the fountain with its various levels and tiers and its clear purpose as a space to be entered by viewers.