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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

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

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 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

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

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

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 Albion Hotel
Albion Hotel
20, Akominatou Str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Albion Hotel is located in the heart of Athens, next to the Metaxourghio Metro Station. Eleftherios Venizelos Airport is a 45-minute drive away.#

Boutique Hotel in Laconia, Greece Trapela
Areopolis, 23062 Laconia, Greece

Enjoying the great location, just a 2-minute walk from the main square of picturesque and historic Aeropolis town, Trapela Boutique Hotel is hosted in a stone and wooden building, built according to local, traditional architecture. The beautiful seaside Limeni Village is at 4.5 km, while picturesque Gythio town is at 28 km. International Airport of Kalamata is at 89 km.

Hotel in Arachova, Greece Tagli Resort & Spa
Tagli Resort & Spa
Livadi, 32004 Arachova, Greece

Tagli Resort & Spa is a new five star hotel located in Livadi, just 7 km away from Arachova. The archaeological site of Delphi is 17 km away while Athens is 179 km away.