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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 Ios, Greece Skala Hotel
Skala Hotel
Chora, 85500 Ios, Greece

Skala Hotel is located in Chora Ios only 200 meters from the center of the village. The famous Milopotas beach can be reached within a 20-minute walk. Ios Port is a 10-minute drive away.

Hotel & Appartment in Andros, Greece Ostria Hotel & Apartments
Ostria Hotel & Apartments
Main Street, Gavrio, 84501 Andros, Greece

Ostria Hotel & Apartments are located in Gavrio, Andros just 500 m from the port and offer year-round, budget accommodation with the sea view in the great location. The nearest beach can be reached within 10 minutes walk.

Hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece Hotel Aeollos
Hotel Aeollos
Pefkohori, 63085 Chalkidiki, Greece

Hotel Aeollos is located in popular Pefkohori village, just 50 m from the long, sandy beach. The lively resort of Polichrono is 8 km away from Pefkohori. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 95 km, while the center of Thessaloniki is at 105 km.


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