Category: Greece

UNESCO: Every Person Must Visit these 18 Greek Monuments; Philip Chrysopoulos; Greek Reporter

Greece – Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

UNESCO advises travellers to Greece to visit 18 monuments that are an absolute must as World Heritage Monuments.

UNESCO has branded a total 1,073 sites as World Heritage Monuments, and 18 of them are located in Greece:

The Acropolis: The Parthenon and the other buildings on the Athenian hill – known also as “the sacred rock” – are masterpieces of classical architecture. Completed in 5th Century BC, they are still influential in blending harmonic architecture with natural surroundings.

Aigai (modern-day Vergina): The first capital of the Kingdom of Macedon, home of Alexander the Great, and burial ground of his father, Philip II of Macedon. It is decorated with mosaics and stuccoes and has a burial ground with over 300 and remains that are fairly well-preserved.

Delphi: The sanctuary of Delphi, home of the oracle of Apollo, sits at the foot of Mount Parnassus.

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The Old Town of Rhodes; Olga Charami; Greece Is

Greece – Medieval City of Rhodes

Medieval walls enclose an enchanting microcosm, a place where different eras, cultures and architectural styles meet.

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Succumbing to the charms on the Greek Island of Rhodes; Michael Muckian; Wisconsin Gazette

Greece – Medieval City of Rhodes

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The Basics – Rhodes for Beginners; Greece Is

Greece – Medieval City of Rhodes

Your crash course on the Isle of the Knights: its sights, beaches and some of its more unusual inhabitants.

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Divine architecture at Apollo Epicurius Temple in Peloponnese; Tornos News

Greece – Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

In the central Peloponnese, at Vasses in ancient Figaleia, at an elevation of 1.130 metres, stands the eternally proud temple of Apollo Epicurius. The inspiration behind its construction and the architect is considered to be the great Ictinus. This universal architectural gem was the first of the great monuments of Greece to be recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1986. The temple can be approached from Ilia, after an enchanting journey along the banks of the river Neda, or from Tripoli and Megalopolis.

Vasses (ancient Bassae) was always a sacred place, host to numerous temples. The region’s name means “little valleys”. And indeed, the mountainous Peloponnesian land creates a magical landscape and within it rises the imposing site of the temple. The mountains of Kotylio, Lykaio, Tetrazio and Elaio stand guard around the valley of Vasses.

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Church of Saint Panteleimon in Thessaloniki; John Sanidopoulos; MYSTAGOGY RESOURCE CENTER

Greece – Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika

The Church of Saint Panteleimon is a late Byzantine church in Thessaloniki, Greece, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The church lies in the eastern part of the old city, near the Tomb of Galerius (the “Rotunda”), at the junction of Iasonidou and Arrianou streets. Its current dedication to Saint Panteleimon was given to the church after the end of Ottoman rule in 1912, and its original dedication is therefore disputed. It is speculated that the name of Saint Panteleimon was borrowed from the northern chapel dedicated to the Saint of the neighboring Church of Panagouda, in which the vessels of the church were transferred when it was converted into a mosque by the Turks.

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Holy Mountain Athos, the Pioneer of Orthodox Church – The National Herald

Greece- Mount Athos

Visitors of Mount Athos in the 1970s and 80s had many doubts about the survival of this UNESCO World Heritage that German and Dutch television recently called “the last secret of Europe.” Churches and buildings in ruins gave a bleak picture of the most ancient functioning republic in the world, the autonomous monastic polity of the 20 monasteries of Mount Athos.

Since then, however, teams of young educated monks started establishing progressively in the Imperial Monasteries and started the backbreaking work of restoration. They attracted young monks from around the world.

Centuries ago, the Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Georgian, and Serbian languages were first recorded and cultivated behind the walls of Athonite monasteries. Still today, Mount Athos portrays the most vibrant force of Greek culture. Monks from all over the world learn Greek in order to study the Greek Orthodox spirituality.

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‘Patmos Revelation’ Event will Reveal Island’s Wonders – Interview with Patmos Mayor Grigoris Stoikos; Nikos Krinis; GTP Headlines

Greece – The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos

The municipality of the “sacred” island of the Dodecanese — Patmos — is getting ready to showcase the destination as one ideal for hosting sports tourism events when it launches the 1st “Patmos Revelation”.

A new sports tourism event in Greece, “Patmos Revelation” includes running and open water swimming races and will take place from June 30 to July 2. Organized by the Municipality of Patmos in cooperation with Active Media Group and the Region of the South Aegean, the 1st “Patmos Revelation” will host Greek Olympic and world champions, youngsters and adults, professional and amateur athletes.

Known as one of the world’s most historic and holy islands, Patmos is where St John the Theologian wrote the “Apocalypse”, one of the greatest chapters of Christianity.

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Greece Travel: Top 10 Athens Experiences You Simply Cannot Miss; Namrata Bhawnani; Ecophiles

Greece – Acropolis, Athens

Athens is a brilliant start to your Greece travel for its culture, vibrant markets, buzzing nightlife and easy day trips to the coast!

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From Ancient to Modern: Top 5 Things to Do in Delphi; Alexia Amvrasi; Greece Is

Greece – Archaeological Site of Delphi

Just over two hours from Athens, the ancient ‘navel of the world’ now brims with cultural gems, astounding nature and great food and shopping.

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Events Mark Addition of Ancient Philippi to UNESCO World Heritage List; A Makris; Greek Reporter

Greece – Archaeological Site of Philippi

A visit by Greek Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou and the unveiling of a plaque that informs visitors of Philippi’s new status as a UNESCO World Heritage site concluded two days of celebrations to mark the archaeological site’s formal addition to the list of UNESCO monuments on Sunday.

The plaque, situated at the entrance of the ancient theatre of Philippi, explains the significance of the site as an international monument of exceptional importance, not just for its Hellenistic and Roman-era history but also for the history of Christianity and the spread of the gospels by the Apostle Paul. These include the open-air baptism of St. Lydia, the first recorded convert to the Christian faith in Europe, on the shores of the Zygakti River.

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Delphi – the centre of the world; Times of Malta

Greece – Archaeological Site of Delphi

Trudging beneath the scorching sun up the steep slope connecting the Delphi Archaeological Museum to the actual archaeological site 200 metres up Mount Parnassus, Melisande Aquilina tried to convince herself that the eagle’s nest of ancient ruins she was about to admire was surely worth the effort.

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Parthenon voted the most beautiful building in the world; Theodora Maios; Neos Kosmos

Greece – Acropolis, Athens

According to Business Insider, the former temple defines building design, continues to be a source of inspiration for architects, and is a stunning piece of architectural art.

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8 Incredible Spiritual Sites Around the World; Sarah Amandolare;

Whether they’re naturally formed or manmade, intricately detailed or strikingly simple, spiritual centers around the world offer a therapeutic place to reflect. Each has a fascinating past — some with roots in prehistoric times and many that have earned UNESCO World Heritage status. From an ashram in an Indian forest to a Buddhist temple on the island of Java to an incredible monolith in the desert plains of central Australia, we’ve rounded up eight spiritual centers that stand out from the multitude of others across the globe.

1. Angkor Wat

The architectural stand-in for Mount Meru — home of the gods in Hindu mythology — is considered the biggest religious monument in the world. Constructed between 1112 and 1152, the temple is part of Angkor, a UNESCO-protected archaeological park in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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10 UNESCO World Heritage sites with wild back stories; Jack Davidson; CNN

Photo: Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai

Murder. Greed. Oppression. Intrigue. The ruins at these UNESCO sites may be silent, but they tell some shocking and absorbing tales.

Source: 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites with wild back stories

Five Top Places to Visit in Greece’s Peloponnese; Katherine Sazdanoff; Europe Up Close

Photo: Katherine Sazdanoff

Greece’s Peloponnese has it all—striking landscapes, an array of historical sites, rich local cultures, and delectable food. Outdoor enthusiasts, culture vultures, foodies, history buffs, and practically everyone else will find their niche.

Source: Five Top Places to Visit in Greece’s Peloponnese

Walk among 5,000 years of history on sacred Greek island of Delos; Janet Podolak; News Herald

Photo: Janet Podolak

The sacred island of Delos, legendary birthplace of Apollo and his twin, Artemis, is in the middle of the Greek island group called the Cyclades, which is Greek for “circle.”

Source: Walk among 5,000 years of history on sacred Greek island of Delos (with video)

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