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Agrigento (Greek: Akragas, Latin: Agrigentum) was a Greek-founded city-state located on the south coast of Sicily near the river Akragas (now S. Biagio) just 5 km from the sea. At its peak, the city may have had as many as 300,000 inhabitants, and it was enclosed by over 12 km of fortification walls which included nine gates. The prosperity of Agrigento is attested by the magnificent 5th-century BCE architecture which survives today and which makes it one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Agrigento is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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