Best Ancient Greek Historic Sites to Visit
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Greece is one of the few places in the world where the past and the present seem to coexist. It is both a modernized country where the inhabitants own modern gadgets and drive cars, and also a place where rich history spans back over thousands of years.
Have you been fascinated with Ancient Greece? Well, even though that era of history has passed, you can still enjoy some remnants. There is plenty of Ancient Greek history sites still standing today that you can visit. Here is a list of some of the historic sites to visit.
Athens is the biggest city in Greece. It is also one of the oldest and is therefore the home to a few major historic sites.
- Parthenon. An ancient temple that was built in 440 BC. It was originally dedicated to the Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. It is still standing today.
- Plaka. One of the most historic neighborhoods in Athens. It is near the Parthenon, so you can easily visit both. Referred to as the “Neighborhood of the Gods”, this section is one of the oldest in all if Athens. The Plaka developed around the ruins of the Agora.
- Acropolis. This is also an ancient historic site that is near the Parthenon. This is the name of the hill where the Parthenon sits.
- Syntagma Square. The major square in Athens, which is also rich in history. Currently, this is where the Parliament building sits. The Greek Parliament Building was at one time the palace to the royalty.
- Agora. This is an historic market in Athens. The Parthenon is known to actually sit on the Agora, and the Plaka neighborhood also overlaps the Agora somewhat since the Plaka was developed out of the Agora.
If you are unable to visit anywhere else in Greece, Athens is a must-see. The Parthenon and the surrounding area are a big part of the culture and history of Ancient Greece that are absolutely worth a visit.
Cape Sounion is known for being the site of the Ancient Temple of Poseidon. It is close to Athens and the taxi ride from wherever you are staying in the city to Sounion won’t be that expensive. Most taxi drivers will be happy to drive you there for a fixed fee so you can visit the Temple of Poseidon. You can also take public transportation.
This ancient temple overlooks the ocean and seems to be the perfect tribute to the God of the Sea. The Ancient Athenians had a special relationship with Poseidon. Although he lost the competition against Athena when the citizens were trying to decide on their patron god or goddess, Athenians did acknowledge how important the sea was to them, especially when they developed their formidable navy.
Our modern Olympic games are based on the festivities that happened here in ancient times. The games were held every four years and were an opportunity for the city-states to put forth their best athletes so they could complete with one another.
These games were not only a great test of athleticism, they were also looked at as a dedication to the gods and goddesses. You can still visit the grounds today so you can see where the Ancient Olympic Games in Greece took place.
In Ancient Greece, Delphi was considered one of the most important cities and the ruins are still standing today. Many of the ruins that are still standing today have been there since the 5th Century BC. In the Archaic Period, Delphi was considered a major political player in Ancient Greece.
There is a temple dedicated to Apollo on Delphi. He had the gift of prophecy but he actively sought an oracle that he could enlist for help in seeing the future. People would flock to the temple to visit the oracle.
In modern Greece, there are several historic sites that are worth a visit. When you visit the country, be sure to visit Athens, Delphi, Olympia, and Sounion. These are four of the major sites in Modern Greece that are rich with ancient history.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com