Agropoli is port city in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of Italy, located at the beginning of the Cilento coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is an important access port to the nearby ancient site of Paestum. Founded by the Greeks in 600 BC, this well preserved and fascinating site was rediscovered in 1752 and features the impressive Temple of Poseidon, the Basilica, Amphitheatre and Athenian.
Founded in the 6th century by the Byzantines, Agropoli has a medieval old town which has remained intact, together with most of the surrounding defensive walls, and the 7th-century entrance gate. The Angevin-Aragonese castle, which was built on the 6th century Byzantine foundations, still stands on top of the promontory. To the west of the modern tourist harbour, there is another small promontory, on which the coastal tower of San Francesco (16th century) stands next to the much altered remains of the convent of the same name.
Agripoli's other main sights include some tombs predating the Byzantine period and the Churches of the Holy Mary of Constantinople (16th century), San Marco, and San Francesco. The beaches of Trentova Bay contribute to make Agropoli an important seaside resort. In the Municipal Antiquarian, there is a sizeable collection of archaeological finds, representing life in the area from prehistoric to medieval times.
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