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Discover the Wonders of Ancient Greece

22 Nov 2021
Greece is not only famous for its people, its pleasant climate and its beaches. The country is rich in historical buildings and archaic architecture dating back to the ancient Greek civilisation, one of the greatest civilisations in history. It ruled for over 100 years from 146 BC to 8 BC. to 8 BC. This was followed by the Roman Empire, which was influenced by Greek culture. The influences of the Greek and Roman Empires are marked in history and laid the foundations for today's western civilisation.

Be sure to visit these amazing archaic wonders during your stay in Greece to have a wonderful holiday. If the sun isn't shining, keep yourself busy at the hotel with an online casino, swimming pool or one of the many activities on offer if you're at a resort.
Discover the Wonders of Ancient Greece © nonbirinonko, Pixabay
The Parthenon in Athens is the most famous wonder from Ancient Greece © Nonbirinonko / Pixabay

The Parthenon

A visit to the Parthenon is a must during your stay in Athens, as it is one of the most iconic representations of the classical period. What the Colosseum is to Rome, the Parthenon is to Greece. This historic structure is in itself a model of the politics, art, culture and society of antiquity. Standing on the highest plateau of the Acropolis of Athens, this amazing structure is surrounded by illustrious monuments of the classical world and offers one of the most spectacular views of this ancient city. The Parthenon, which means "residence of the youth or virgin", was dedicated to the goddess Athena and built by the sculptor Phidias between 448 and 462 BC.

Theatre of Epidaurus

This extraordinary theatre is located in the archaeological complex of the Sanctuary of Asclepius (not far from Athens). It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988, making it a must-see during your stay in Greece. This gargantuan structure was built in 4BC by Polykleitos, who was the first person to build the temple. BC by Polykleitos. It could accommodate over 13,000 people and served as the main venue for Asclepius. The Panhellenic Games were held every four years and included sports, music, ceremonies and plays. Located in a beautiful setting, this theatre is postcard-worthy.

Temple of Apollo at Delphi

The wonderful temple of Apollo at Delphi, built in 7 BC, is worth a visit. Exploring this ancient Greek temple with its Doric structure can take a whole day. Indeed, it is located in the heart of a huge sacred site, and there is much to see and learn. According to historians, there are many theories about the symbolism of the temple. One is that it was used to commemorate the victory of democracy over tyranny. Or that it was used to celebrate the Athenian victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon.

Palace of Knossos

The Palace of Knossos is known as one of the most extraordinary archaeological sites in the world. Located on the island of Crete and built between 1700 and 1400 BC, the palace was destroyed and rebuilt several times due to natural disasters. The palace served as a political and ceremonial centre at the height of the Minoan period and even became the source of the myth of the Minotaur. King Minos designed this luxurious palace with impressive and breathtaking architecture. It consists of a labyrinth of 1300 interconnected rooms, living spaces, work rooms and a theatre. 

Santorini

Santorini, a volcanic island off the Aegean Sea, is home to one of the most iconic historical structures of ancient Greece: the settlement of Santorini. It was founded during the Minoan Bronze Age and was once called "Minoan Pompeii". Unfortunately, it was destroyed by the eruption of the Thera around 1627 BC and was completely destroyed. It was completely submerged under the volcanic ash. This eruption led Plato to speculate on the existence of the mythical Atlantis.  The site covers 20 hectares, and many ruins have been discovered in a good state of preservation thanks to the volcanic ash. 

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