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6 historical and archaeological sites to visit in Peloponnese

Epidavros ● Korinthos ● Mycenae ● Mystras ● Olympia ● Peloponnese ● 07 February 2017

Peloponnese is one of the richest Greek areas with regard to important historical monuments and sites. In this article, you will read about the 6 top archaeological monuments that you should not miss when you visit Peloponnese.

1. Temple of Apollo Epicurius

The temple was dedicated to Apollo the Healer and is located at Bassae, an archaeological site in Messinia, Peloponnese. This site was the first in Greece that UNESCO inscribed in its World Heritage List. Pausanias considered it to be one of the finest temples in Peloponnese thanks to its beauty, harmony and the combination of the Archaic with the Doric style.

2. Ancient Korinthos

Korinthos was one of the largest city states (polis) in ancient Greece. In this archaeological site, you can see the well-preserved Temple of Apollo, the ruins of Lerna Theatre, the Pirini Fountain, the museum and Acrocorinth, the Acropolis of ancient Korinthos.

3. Archaeological site of Olympia

In western Peloponnese, is located the site of Ancient Olympia, where the Olympic Games of the antiquity took place. In this monument, you will see the sanctuary of Zeus and many buildings that were used for the preparation and the celebration of the Olympics, such as the Temples of Zeus, the Prytaneion, the Stoa, the Gymnasium and the Palestra.

4. Ancient Theatre of Epidavros

The Theatre is located on the end of the sanctuary, which is dedicated to the God of medicine, Asclepius. It is considered to be the best ancient theatre in Greece with regard to acoustics and aesthetics. The monument retains the characteristic tripartite structure of the ancient Greek theatres that had auditorium, orchestra and staging building. During the Athens Greek Festival that takes place every summer from June to September are displayed performances of ancient drama in the Theatre of Epidavros, in which they were displayed for the first time.

5. Castle of Mystras

Mystras is a fortified town in Laconia, on Mountain Taygetos. It was the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea and experienced a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. The city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins in a beautiful landscape. These ruins, including the palace, the fortress, the churches and the monasteries, was inscribed in 1989 in the List of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.

6. Archaeological Site of Mycenae

Mycenae is located in Argolis and is one of the most famous sites in Greece. It is the symbol and the centre of the Mycenaean civilisation, which flourished in the Late Bronze Age and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. This city was the kingdom of the King Agamemnon and the most important palace of the Bronze Age. In Mycenae, you will see the massive defective walls, the Lion Gate and the corbelled tholos tombs.

Where to Stay

Hotel & Appartment in Nafplio, Greece 999 Luxury Hotel
999 Luxury Hotel
Staikopoulou & 13 Kokkinou str., 21100 Nafplio, Greece

Located in the heart of the lively center of Nafplio town, 999 Luxury Hotel is just 100 m from the main square and 5 minutes walk from the seaside promenade. Arvanitia Beach can be reached within 10 minutes on foot. The bus station (KTEL) is at 200 meters.

Hotel in Olympia, Greece Neda hotel
Neda hotel
1, Karamanli str., Ancient Olympia, 27065 Olympia, Greece

Neda hotel is located in the heart of the picturesque village of Olympia, just 87 m from the main road. The Archaeological site of Ancient Olympia is at 900 m and can be reached within 10 minutes walk. The distance from the train station is 400 m.

Hotel in Epidavros, Greece Hani Inn
Hani Inn
Hani Merkouri, Ligourio, 21052 Epidavros, Greece

Hani Inn Hotel is located in the small village of Chani Merkouri, 5 km from the Ancient Theater of Epidavros. The famous archaeological site of Mycenae is 38 km away. The nearest beach can be reached within a 20-minute drive. The historic and picturesque Nafplio town is at 20 km.