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The medieval Agrigento is not without a certain charm. The city is built on a hill and the narrow streets and alleys of the historical centre twist and turn. After a huff and a puff up what seemed like hundreds of steps we made it to the Duomo (the Cathedral), just before the sunset. The magnificent Duomo is set on a terrace at the top of the hill, fronting the spacious Piazza Don Minzoni.
Founded in the 12th century, it was later enlarged and altered, as can be seen in some of the exterior details. There are still remains from the early Norman days, particularly the windows. Most of the church was reconstructed in the 13th and 14th century. It was then restored in the 17th century and rejuvenated after the landslide in 1966. The bell tower has a series of Catalan-Gothic single lancet windows, while others are in the original style.
Inside is the Capella di San Gerlando, named after the town's first archbishop, Norman San Gerlando, with an elegant Gothic portal. The beautiful interior has an impressive wooden ceiling, the tie beams decorated with scenes from the lives of various saints, painted in the 16th century.
It is open to visitors 9am-12:30pm & 4-6:30pm; admission is free.
Address: Via Duomo
Directions: uphill in the northwestern corner of the town centre
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