Sacred Sites of Ancient Greece – part1

The Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis is high over the city with characteristic conspicuousness. It is an old fortification situated on a rough outcrop over the city of Athens and contains the remaining parts of a few old structures of incredible engineering and verifiable importance, the most renowned being the Parthenon. The word acropolis is from the Greek words “most noteworthy point, limit” and “city”.

The term acropolis is nonexclusive and there are numerous other acropoleis in Greece. During old times it was referred to likewise more appropriately as Cecropia, after the incredible snake man, Cecrops, the alleged first Athenian lord.

While there is proof that the slope was occupied as far back as the fourth thousand years BC, it was Pericles (c. 495-429 BC) in the fifth century BC who composed the development of the structures whose current remaining parts are the site’s most significant ones, including the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. The Parthenon and different structures were truly harmed during the 1687 attack by the Venetians during the Morean War while black powder being put away in the Parthenon by the Ottomans was hit by a cannonball and detonated.


The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis in Greece committed to the goddess Athena, whom individuals of Athens thought about their patroness. Development began in 447 BC when the Delian League was at the pinnacle of its power. It was finished in 438 BC, in spite of the fact that embellishment of the structure went on until 432 BC. It is the main enduring structure of Classical Greece, for the most part, viewed as the apex of the Doric request.

Its embellishing models are viewed as a portion of the great marks of Greek craftsmanship. The Parthenon is viewed as a getting thorough image of Ancient Greece, a vote-based system and Western civilization, and one of the world’s most prominent social landmarks.

To the Athenians who fabricated it, the Parthenon, and other Periclean landmarks of the Acropolis, were seen in a general sense as a festival of Hellenic triumph over the Persian trespassers and as a thanksgiving to the divine beings for that triumph.

The actual Parthenon supplanted a more seasoned sanctuary of Athena, which students of history call the Pre-Parthenon or Older Parthenon, that was wrecked in the Persian attack of 480 BC. Like most Greek sanctuaries, the Parthenon filled a useful need as the city depository.

For a period, it filled in as the depository of the Delian League, which later on turned into the Athenian Empire. In the last ten years of the sixth century AD, the Parthenon was changed over into a Christian church devoted to the Virgin Mary.

After the Ottoman success, the Parthenon was transformed into a mosque in the mid-1460s. On 26 September 1687, an Ottoman ammo dump inside the structure was lighted by a Venetian barrage during an attack on the Acropolis. The subsequent blast seriously harmed the Parthenon and its models.

From 1800 to 1803, The seventh Earl of Elgin eliminated a portion of the enduring models, presently known as the Elgin Marbles, supposedly with the consent of the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. Starting around 1975, various huge scope rebuilding projects have been embraced to guarantee the underlying dependability of the sanctuary.


Situated around 100 miles northwest of Athens is the antiquated site of the panhellenic safe-haven of Delphi. The complex of structures, which incorporates the Temple of Apollo where sat the well-known prophet, The consecrated Corycian Cave, and the Castalian Spring, is settled in the forested slants and rough precipices on the south side of the holy mountain Mountains and the Sacred called Parnassus.

The site had been sacrosanct since basically the Bronze Age. As per legend, the holy place was initially monitored by the she-mythical serpent Pytho. She was killed by Apollo who then assumed control over the prophet. In days of yore, Delphi was viewed as the focal point of the world.

Temple of Hephaistos

The Temple of Hephaestus in focal Athens, Greece, is the best-saved old Greek sanctuary on the planet, yet is undeniably less notable than its distinguished neighbor, the Parthenon. The sanctuary is otherwise called the Hephaesteum or Hephaesteion. It is sometimes called the Theseum, because of a conviction current in Byzantine times that the bones of the unbelievable Greek legend Theseus were covered there; as a matter of fact, the bones claimed to be those of Theseus were covered in the fifth century BC at another site closer to the Acropolis.

The sanctuary is situated around 500m north-west of the Acropolis and around 1km due west of the cutting edge focus of Athens, Syntagma Square. It was underlying around 449 BC on what was then the western edge of the city of Athens, in a region that contained numerous foundries and metalwork shops. It was in this manner committed to Hephaestos, the divine force of smithies and metallurgy. It was planned by Ictinus, one of the designers who dealt with the Parthenon. It remains on a slight ascent and in old times told a fine perspective on the Agora.

Worked of marble from Mount Pentelus, in the Doric style, the sanctuary is hexastyle, that is with six sections under the pedimented closes, and has thirteen segments on each side (counting the corner sections two times).

The sanctuary is peripteral, with segments completely encompassing the focal encased cella. In the entablature there is the plain frieze that is normal with the clearheaded Doric mode, however above it in the spaces between the triglyphs – which resemble beautifully scored shafts close fixed into place – the works of Heracles are portrayed in bas-alleviation. Etched into the low-help metope is the extraordinary story of Theseus and of his mission to kill the Minotaur.

Not at all like the Parthenon, the sanctuary has every one of its sections and pediments unblemished and even has the majority of its unique rooftop. Its friezes and different improvements, nonetheless, have unavoidably been gravely harmed by cheats and thieves throughout the long term. It owes its endurance to its transformation into a Christian Church, the Church of St George, in the seventh century AD. The endurance of the outside came at the expense of the old inside, which was eliminated and supplanted by the designs of a Christian church.

During the long stretches of Ottoman rule in Greece, the sanctuary was the primary Greek Orthodox church in Athens. At the point when the primary ruler of free Greece, King Othon, entered the city in 1834, the help inviting him to his new capital was held in the church. Today the sanctuary has been safeguarded as an archeological site under the management of the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Greek Interior Ministry.

The actual sanctuary has a little wall, however, the guest can draw much nearer than is conceivable at the Parthenon or most different relics in Greece. The sanctuary is currently encircled by a fancy nursery. The site gets considerably less traveler traffic than the Acropolis and is a charming green spot in the core of Athens.

Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus s the most noteworthy mountain in Greece, at 2,917 (or 2,919, as per new estimations ) meters high; it is arranged at 40°05 2N 22°21 2E, in the central area of Greece.

Mount Olympus is noted for its extremely rich vegetation with a few endemic animal types. The most noteworthy top on Mount Olympus is Mitikas, which in Greek signifies “nose.” There are two shelters on a plain around 45 minutes from Mitikas. Mitikas is the most elevated top in Greece, the second most noteworthy being Stefani.

In Greek folklore, Mount Olympus is the home of the Twelve Olympians, the important divine beings in the Greek pantheon. The Greeks considered it developed with precious stone chateaus wherein the divine beings, like Zeus, stayed. The historical underpinnings and significance of the name Olympus (Olympos) are obscure, and it very well might be of Pre-Indo-European beginning.

Castalian Spring

In Greece, the Phaedriades (“the sparkling ones”) were the sets of precipices, ca 700 m high on the lower southern slant of Mt. Parnassos, which encase the holy site of Delphi, the focal point of the Hellenic world. Strabo, Plutarch, and Pausanias all referenced the Phaedriades in portraying the site, a limited valley of the Pleistus (today Xeropotamos) shaped by Parnasse and Mt. Cirphis. Between them rises the Castalian Spring. Indeed, even today, in the early afternoon, the stone countenances mirror a stunning brightness.

The Castalian Spring in the gorge between the Phaedriades at Delphi is where any and all individuals to Delphi, the hopefuls in the Pythian Games and particularly suppliants who arrived at counsel the Oracle, halted to wash their hair. Two wellsprings took care of by the sacrosanct spring get by. The old-fashioned (mid-sixth century BCE) wellspring house has a marble-lined bowl encompassed by seats.

There is likewise a Hellenistic or Roman wellspring with specialties emptied in the stone to get votive gifts. The Castalian Spring originates before all of old-style Delphi: the old watchman of the spring was the snake or winged serpent Python, killed by Apollo in its sanctuary adjacent to the spring.