Ancient Sites, Greece:
Athens, Brauron, Delphi, Delos, Dion, Knossos, and the Dictaean Cave
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Temple of HephaestusOne of the best preserved temples in Athens, dedicated to one of the less famous Olympians.
Odeon of Herodes AtticusOn the slopes of the Acropolis, this massive ancient Roman amphitheater still hosts productions.
The AcropolisThe great hill of Athens, dominated by the Parthenon, Athena's temple, built by Pericles in the 5th century BC. The grand entrance, or Propylaea, can be seen to the left, and at the base lie the remains of a Roman theater.
Temple of Athena NikeA view of the temple to Athena (in her incarnation as the goddess of victory) as you walk through the Propylaea, the monumental entrance of the Acropolis.
ErechtheionThe Erechtheion is a temple to Athena and Poseidon on the Acropolis. (For the myth explaining their relationship with Athens, click on the link at the bottom.) The Porch of the Maidens is supported by Caryatids, columns in female form.
Parthenon AkroterionA reconstruction from both original and plaster pieces of the floral 'Akroterion' which crowned the top of the Parthenon's east pediment, measuring 4 metres high. Now housed in the Acropolis Museum.
Sacred WayThe Sacred Way, traveled by initiates into the Eleusinian Mysteries as they processed out of Athens through the Dipylon Gate and through the Kerameikos Cemetery on the way to Eleusis. For a few photos of the remarkable sculptures found along the Sacred Way, click the link at the bottom.
Brauron6th century BC Temple to Artemis in her sanctuary at Brauron. One of the goddess's most sacred sites, where girls from Athens would come to prepare for womanhood, participating in ecstatic dances and other rites. Though little of the temple is left, the site includes a phenomenal and well-curated museum that's well worth a day trip from Athens. (See photos of Greece: Artifacts for statues from the site.)
Temple at DelphiThis is the foundation of Apollo's most sacred shrine at Delphi. Within this temple sat the famous oracle.
Delphic TreasuryThe sacred precinct at Delphi is full of treasury buildings, each built by a different city to house their offerings to Apollo. This is the best surviving example, the Athenian Treasury.
Tholos of DelphiA small, round temple situated in the sanctuary of Athena just beyond Apollo's sacred precinct in Delphi.
View from DelphiDelphi sits on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, offering a phenomenal view of the surrounding countryside.