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Archaeological sites in Greece off the Beaten Path

Aegina ● Epirus ● Korinthos ● Macedonia ● Messinia ● Peloponnese ● Samothrace ● Thrace ● 25 November 2016
 

The Greek history is one of the main reasons that so many travellers visit Greece. The archaeological monuments all over the Greek area are numerous and of significant importance as they are the trace of magnificent eras that influenced the humanity and the European civilisation. For the visitor of Greece or even Athens, it is impossible to explore every archaeological site, so selection is inevitable. In this article, you will read about ancient temples and museums that, in spite of their magnitude, are not as well know as Acropolis or Delos.

Temple of Apollo Epicurius

Temple of Apollo Epicurius

The temple was dedicated to Apollo Epicurius (Apollo the Healer), and it is located at Bassae, an archaeological site in Messinia, Peloponnese. Bassae was the first Greek site that UNESCO inscribed on its World Heritage List. It combines the Archaic style with the serenity of the Doric style. Pausanias considered it to be among the finest temples in Peloponnese in terms of beauty and harmony.


Ancient Korinthos

Ancient Korinthos

Korinthos was a city-state (polis) and one of the largest cities 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 archaeological museum and the Acrocorinth, the Acropolis of ancient Korinthos. 


The Theatre at Dodona

Dodona

Dodona in Epirus in north-western Greece was the oldest Greek oracle, dating in the second millennium B.C. The Theatre at Dodona, which was built in the third century B.C., is one of the largest in Greece, seating 18.000 persons. Apart from the Theatre, other worthwhile monuments are the Prytaneum, the Acropolis and the Stadium.


Archaeological site of Philippi

Archaeological site of Philippi

It is the most important site of eastern Macedonia with characteristic monuments of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian periods. You should certainly visit the Acropolis, the Theatre, the Agora, the Palaestra and the prison of Apostle Paul.


Samothrace Temple Complex

Samothrace Temple Complex

The Samothrace Temple Complex, known as the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, is one of the principal Pan-Hellenic religious sanctuaries, located on the island of Samothrace in Thrace. The island was a major religious centre for the whole ancient world thanks to the reputation of this sanctuary and the mystical character of the worship of the Great Gods. The temple complex housed once the famous statue of Victory of Samothrace, which is now prominently displayed at the Louvre Museum.


Temple of Aphaea

Temple of Aphaea

The Temple of Aphaea is located within a sanctuary complex dedicated to the goddess Aphaea on Aegina. This great Doric temple was built in the sixth century B.C. over the remains of an earlier temple.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Aegli Hotel
Aegli Hotel
1, Karaiskaki & Iera Odos ave., Chaidari, 12461 Athens, Greece

Aegli hotel is situated in Haidari area, close to the city center. The nearby Agia Marina metro station favors direct access to Athens Airport, Piraeus Port and many vibrant areas of the city.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Exis Boutique  Hotel
8 10
Exis Boutique Hotel
1, Spartis , Amerikis Square, 11252 Athens, Greece

Exis Boutique Hotel is located on Amerikis Square, only 10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. Syntagma, the main square of Athens and the historic part, Plaka, can be reached within 10 minutes using public transportation. Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is at 35 km. Piraeus Port can be reached within 20 minutes with an electric train.

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.


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