Visiting Greece will take you back in time, to the evolution of our civilization. Greece is the origin of philosophy, literature, architecture, democracy and science. Experience endless miles of aquamarine coastline, sun-bleached ancient ruins. The Greek landscape thrills, and Greek people are famous for their hospitality, passion for art and food.
You can still see traces of this dynamic culture when you take a trip to Greece. The archaeological ruins of ancient Greek cities and temples stand as legacies from an amazing era in human history.
7 most visited ancient sites in Greece are:
Towering over the city of Athens is the most important archaeological site in Greece, and one of the most famous ancient ruins in the world. The Parthenon and other main buildings on the Acropolis were built by Pericles in the fifth century BC (golden age of Athens) as a monument to the cultural and political achievements of the inhabitants of Athens. The Parthenon was dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom, justice and war.
Delphi is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. In ancient times, it was considered the place where heaven and earth met; being centre of worship for the sun god Apollo it was home to the sacred oracle at Delphi
Olympia is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, the most famous games in history. The first Olympic Games were in honour of Zeus. The Olympic Games were held every four years, dating back to 776 BC. Try to get to the site early in the morning, before the crowds, and explore the Temples of Zeus and of Hera, and the remains of the ancient stadium in peace.
Knossos was the capital of mythical Minoan Crete. You can still find the ruins of the Palace of Knossos in Crete island of Greece. The Palace was once a powerful symbol of the reign of King Minos, and was one of the most advanced and luxurious buildings of its time.
Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are surrounded on three sides by the sea. The temple was a landmark for ancient sailors, sitting on top the edge of a cliff on Cape Soúnion. For hundreds of years, its dramatic ruined beauty has drawn visitors from around the world.
According to Greek mythology, Apollo was born on this tiny island in the Cyclades archipelago. The archaeological site is exceptionally extensive, rich and conveys the image of a great cosmopolitan Mediterranean port. Many of the artefacts found are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Delos and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
One of the most important archaeological sites, known in the whole world. It is a symbol of the heroic Greece and they are covered by the magic veil of the myth of the Atreides whose sufferings had been narrated by the ancient dramatists. The architecture and design of Mycenae and Tiryns, such as the Lion Gate and the Treasury of Atreus at Mycenae and the walls of Tiryns, are outstanding examples of human creative genius
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