Whether you’re a great fan of the Greek mythology, an intrepid dude or a girl who loves to travel, this post is what you’re looking for.
For the reason that Greece is a country with rich archaeological history, there is no doubt that tourist all over the world visit the country for amusing history insights. Thousands of years may have passed, but early traces of human civilization and events can still be sensed in these distinguished archaeological sites. As these historical locations are part of the world’s historical charm and have witnessed origin of various civilizations, most of these settings have been listed as part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Acropolis, Athens
The Acropolis stands on the highest point of Athens and the place serves as a reminder that it was once a cradle of great civilization. It is also called as the Sacred Rock as it has proudly lasted over the modern and busy city of Athens. One of the most recognizable archaeological sites in the world, Acropolis used to be an ancient religious place and an inspirational monument as well for the achievements of the ancient Greek civilization. On 2007, it was formally included as one of the dominant monument of the European Cultural Heritage.
Temple of Poseidon, Sounion
Located at Cape Sounion, Temple of Poseidon was built as a sanctuary for the gods of the city during the fifth century. Erected on a rocky cliff overseeing the Aegean Sea, the temple is surrounded by walls to prevent it from falling during the attack of Spartans. It is known to be the only Doric temple which has been preserved until today. This was originally dedicated to Poseidon, the god of sea and is located 73 meters above the sea level.
It is built along rocky edges of high mountain walls known as Pindus and the Thessaly highlands, Meteora is believed to be derived from the Greek word that means ‘suspended in the air’. Meteora is a community of the six surviving Greek Orthodox monasteries that were built during the 9thcentury. Originally, there were around 24 monasteries which are built on natural sandstone rock pillars. Many tourists acclaims that being in this site is like being on an entirely different planet. The site is also included in UNESCO’s list of massive historical spots.
Vergina was founded by King Perdikas during the 7th century and also referred as the Aigai site that served as the first capital of Macedonia. The palace was initially built as a summer residence of King Antigonas Ginatas that makes the excavation stands very tall. The place was used as royal burial grounds where archaeologists and diggers of today discovered the graveyard of King Philip 11 and Alexander IV. The underground museum that contains exquisite gold discoveries, rare paintings and impressive finishing makes the site even more appealing to tourists.
This is where the famous Olympic Games, the leading sports event has come to life. Olympia is sacred to the Greeks especially to Zeus, the father of gods solely because it was the highest concentrations of masterpieces from the ancient Greek world. Aside from temples, there also stands still the ruin of all stadiums built for the Olympics. The statue of Zeus seated on a throne within the temple was formed by Pheidias and was created using solid gold. It was once considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and also declared as an official UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989.
Delphi, Central Greece
Discovered in 1893 by the French School of Archaeology, the sanctuary of Delphi is considered as the most important archaeological site of Greece. The Delphic backdrop, listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Monument since 1972, and the archaeological site is considered a gift from Greece to humanity. People all over the Mediterranean used to visit the oracle of Delphi to ask for advice from the priestess Pythia. Being considered as the center of the earth, it is also where the Temple of Apollo, Treasury of the Athenians and other important national monuments were built.
Knossos is the best preserved palace of the Minoan Civilization that flourished in Greece during 2,700 to 1,450 BC or the Bronze Age. It was discovered in 1878 by archaeologist Minos Kalokairinos and restored in 1900. It has been a home to the famous King Minos that is overlooking the Libyan Sea. From the lack of defensive walls, people assumed that Minoans had peaceful relations with their neighbours. The palace was used as a setting to various epic tales and heroic myths, including Icarus and Minotaur. Tourists will surely enjoy the Minoan Columns, Royal Villa and the intricate wall murals that are also situated within the palace.
Inspired to travel? Open you travel planner now, and get a chance to see these grand and majestic historic sites in person!