Leading Archaeological Sites in Greece

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Leading Archaeological Sites in Greece

Discover the most famous and historically important sites of Ancient Greece: Archaeological sites like the Acropolis of Athens, Sanctuary of Delphi, Ancient Olympia, Delos island, Palace of Knossos in Crete, Ancient Epidaurus and Mycenae. Visitors will find archaeological sites in every part of Greece and in most of the Greek islands.

A life-changing experience. You are in the heart of ancient civilization. Each step you take is a voyage through centuries of time. Probe the past with curiosity and a spirit of exploration. You wander through ancient temples, theatres, stadiums and cities.

You are among archaeological monuments constructed two and a half thousand years ago. You are impressed by both their scale and their measure. The Acropolis, Delphi, Knossos, Mycenae, Olympia. Monuments of the Ancient Greek civilisation.

Top 10 most important ancient sites in Greece

You ponder history, depth and beauty and can feel the presence of the ancient architects and citizens who built and used these places. You comprehend the universal value of these unique structures and feel lucky to have seen them up close. Don’t miss the chance. Visit Greece’s archaeological riches and discover some of the most important ancient sites here.

The Acropolis, Athens

Athens, Capital City of Greece
Athens, Capital City of Greece

In the heart of modern Athens, the enormous rock of the ancient Acropolis rises straight from the earth. The cornerstone of European civilisation, it is still a marvel, a reminder of what mankind is capable of. Here you’ll finally see with your own eyes the creations of the Golden Age you studied in school: the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheum with its famous Caryatids. Τo get a fuller picture of the glory that was Greece, you’ll also want to visit the other important Athenian monuments: the theatres of Dionysos and Herodes Atticus, the Areopagus, the Pnyx, the Kerameikos ancient cemetery, the Ancient Agora and the Roman Forum, the columns of the temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Gate while exploring the atmospheric old neighbourhoods of Plaka, Philopappos, Monastiraki and Thiseion. The entire history of Ancient Greece lies at your feet.

Sounion, Αttica

The Ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Athens
The Ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Athens

Attica’s southernmost peninsula, Cape Sounion, is the site of the astonishing temple of Poseidon, completed in 440 BC.

Olympia, Peloponnese

Spring Holidays in Ancient Olympia, Greece
Spring Holidays in Ancient Olympia, Greece

Sacred to Zeus, the father of gods and man, where the Οlympic Games were born. At the archaeological site of Olympia stood one of the wonders of the ancient world, the enormous gold and ivory statue of the god by Pheidias.

Mycenae, Peloponnese

Mycenae, Greece
Mycenae, Greece

The most important and wealthiest of the Mycenaen palaces, with its famed Lion Gate and the Cyclopean walls mentioned by Homer.

Epidaurus, Peloponnese

Ancient theater Epidaurus or Epidavros, Argolida, Peloponnese, Greece
Ancient theater Epidaurus or Epidavros, Argolida, Peloponnese, Greece

Here the great comedies and tragedies are performed by renowned companies and actors in what must be the most beautiful ancient theatre in the world.

Delphi, Central Greece

Delphi with ruins of the Temple in Greece
Delphi with ruins of the Temple in Greece

The ‘navel of the Earth’, where the most celebrated oracle of ancient times resided. Here the revered Pythia uttered her predictions, made more portentous by the spectacular setting. The temple of Apollo, the god of light, is the most important monument.

Dion, Macedonia

Greece’s most beautiful archaeological park, near Katerini, with ancient sanctuaries, theatres, baths, mosaics and villas.

Vergina, Macedonia

Vergina Greece
Royal Tombs Vergina Macedonia Greece

The underground museum with the royal grave of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, should be among the current wonders of the world, for its exquisite gold finds, rare paintings and splendid execution. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. Visiting hours: Monday 12:00 – 20:00 Tuesday – Sunday 08:00 – 20:00 Tickets: 12€.

Delos, Cyclades

Ancient Delos in Greece
Ancient Delos in Greece

A World Heritage Monument and the holiest island of antiquity. Dedicated to Apollo, the whole island is an archaeological site.

Knossos / Phaistos, Crete

Knossos on Crete, Greece
Scenic ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos on Crete, Greece

The two most famous Minoan palaces, the first containing King Minos’ labyrinth lies just outside Heraklion. The second, near the south coast, overlooks the Libyan Sea.


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