Bassae – Temple of Apollo Epicurius

The first of Greece’s recognized World Heritage sites

Greece, a country that lies at the crossroads of many ancient civilizations, can be considered a World Heritage Site all on its own just by its very nature. Nonetheless, there are 18 recognized UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greece that have been selected and approved on the basis of their value as the best examples of human creative genius. The first site ever submitted by Greece for consideration was the Temple of Apollo Epicurious at Bassae, but since then, the list has grown and keeps on growing:


Located on a remote mountainside in the Peloponnese, the temple is a well-preserved and mysterious Classical temple that daringly combines Doric, Ionic and Corinthian elements. The magnificent temple was built sometime between 450 and 400 BC around the time of the Parthenon in Athens. Archaeologist have speculated over its isolated location with one explanation being that villagers from nearby Figalos may have come here to pray to the god Apollo. Whatever the reason for its construction, the temple is grandiose and built with precision and creativity. Thanks to its isolation, it remains well-preserved.

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