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Greek archaeological sites

Greece really is full of archaeological sites.

The country was inhabited from prehistoric times; traces of human civilization can be found everywhere, in all corners of the land.

The major archeological sites in Greece every year attract thousands of visitors. People from all over the world come to see the origins of western civilization.

These sites in Greece stand outside the reach of time.

Greece has over 100 notable archaeological sites and the feeling you get from seeing them is incredible. It feels like a walk back in time.

There are theaters, temples, markets, buildings showing a history of 5000 years.

One of the most well-known archaeological sites is that in Athens featuring the Acropolis.  The Acropolis is on a hill in Athens and is a monument from the golden age of Athens. In Athens you can find the Agora, Kerameikos, Hadrian’s Library, the Roman agora, the Olympieion, Hadrian’s Gate, Thiseio, the Kallimarmaro stadium, are filled with the echoes of great philosophers, orators, artists and scientists. 

Delphi in Central Greece was believed by ancient people to be the omphalos of the earth, the center of the universe. At the point where the oracle of Delphi, the most important in antiquity, lies, there used to be a prehistoric shrine dedicated to the great earth-mother ‘Gaia’. The place makes you feel power and mysticism. The view and the mythical feeling of the oracle give visitors the impression that they are standing at the beginning of the world.

The excavations of the city of ancient Philippoi in Macedonia brought significant monuments to light. The Acropolis of Philippoi, the theatre, the agora, along with early-Byzantine churches, the Octagon and the palaestra.

 In Olympia in the Peloponnese you can find the heart of the Olympic Games. The great shrine of Olympia was once home to the chryselephantine (ivory and gold) statue of Zeus, named as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The area was inhabited from at least the 3rd millennium BC. The complex of buildings brought to light by excavations is amazing: the temple of Zeus, the Philippeion, the stadium and the gymnasium present a picture of classical Greece.

Epidaurus, with the magnificent theatre and the significant temple of Asclepius, famous Mycenae and Tiryns, as well as the archaeological sites of Ancient Messini and Mystras are some of the most brightly shining archaeological treasures of Peloponnese.

 has many archaeological sites. The Minoan civilization was one of the most significant in the ancient world. The key feature of this civilization was the joy of life and the lack of a warlike disposition. Excavations brought to light great monuments, but mainly presented a civilization dedicated to simple, everyday joys, that it seemed invincible.

An alphabetical list of well-known archeological sites by city follow.

  • Argos : Mycenae, Epidaurus, Tiryns, Palamidi
  • Athens : Acropolis, Sounion
  • Chania : Aptera and its theater, Falasarna
  • Cyclades :  Santorini, Milos, Akrotiri
  • Dodecanese :  Rhodes, Kos, Lindos
  • Fokida : Delphi
  • Heraklion : Knossos, phaistos, Minoan palace
  • Ilia : Olympia
  • Imathia : Vergina
  • Kavala : Thasos
  • Korinthos : Akrokorinthos
  • Pella :  ancient Pella
  • Preveza : necromanteio, Nikopolis
  • Rethymno : Eletherna
  • Samos : Heraion of Samos

World heritage sites

Greece has 18 heritage sites these are alphabetatically

  • Acropolis
  • Asklepios in Epidaurus
  • Delos
  • Delphi
  • Heraion in Samos
  • Meteora
  • Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios, Loukas and nea moni in Chios
  • Monastery of Saint John Theologos and the cave of the apocalypse in Patmos
  • Mount Athos
  • Mycenae and Tiryns in Argolida
  • Mystras
  • Olympia
  • Paleochristian and byzantine monuments in Thessaloniki
  • Phillipi Vergina
  • Rhodes