The Parthenon is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena built in the 5th century BC on the Acropolis of Athens. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered to be the culmination of the development of the Doric order. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of ancient Greece […]
The Erechtheum is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens in Greece. The temple as seen today was built between 421 BCE and 407 BCE. On the south side is the famous “porch of the maidens,” with six draped female figures (caryatids) as supporting columns. On the west side […]
The Acropolis of Athens is the best known acropolis in the world. Although there are many other acropleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as The Acropolis, without qualification.
Cape Sounion is located 69 km (43 mi, by road) SSE of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece. It is renowned for the ruins of the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides […]
The Temple of Aphaia (or Aphaea) is located within a sanctuary complex dedicated to the goddess Aphaia on the Greek island of Aegina, which lies in the Saronic Gulf.
Delphi is an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece. Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and it was a major site for the worship of the god Apollo. His sacred precinct in Delphi was a Pan-Hellenic sanctuary, where every four years athletes […]
The Delphi Archaeological Museum is at the foot of the main archaeological complex, on the east side of the village, and on the north side of the main road. The museum houses an impressive collection associated with ancient Delphi, including the earliest known notation of a melody.
Olympia, a sanctuary of ancient Greece, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, comparable in importance to the Pythian Games held in Delphi. Both games were held every Olympiad (every four years), the Olympic Games dating back possibly further than 776 BC.
The first major excavation of Olympia began in 1875. They excavated the central part of the sanctuary including the Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, Metroon, Bouleuterion, Philipeion, Echo Stoa, Treasuries, and Palaestra. Important finds included sculptures from the Temple of Zeus, the Nike of Paeonius, the Hermes of Praxiteles, and many bronzes. In total […]
Ithaca (or Ithaki) is an island in the Ionian Sea, in Greece, with an area of 118 km² (45 square miles) and about three thousand inhabitants. These are photos from the island’s tiny archaeological museum.