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Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

Mount Kotilio | 14km South of Andritsena, Andritsaina, Greece
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Lookouts
Owner description: An amazing temple site, as large as the Parthenon. Preserved under a vast tent to protect it. Its bold architecture is unique. Must be seen! Delicate... more » Owner description: An amazing temple site, as large as the Parthenon. Preserved under a vast tent to protect it. Its bold architecture is unique. Must be seen! Delicate columns, and striking internal design originality. « less
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Ancona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

For many people, with no particular interest in or knowledge of architectural history, the answer may be no. It isn't easy to get to (about 15 minutes from Andritsaina by car, up a decent, only slightly bendy road, but Andritaina itself's probably a bit out of your way), and when you eventually arrive it doesn't look much like what you... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

It is out of the way, and getting there can be an adventure in and of itself, but it is astounding. High in the mountains of Greece this very well preserved temple gives a solid understanding of what the ruins you see all over Greece would have looked like 2,000 years ago. It isn't great for pictures because it is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is one of the best preserved temples we visited in Greece - if not the best. This is due to the fact that they are building it up again. And to save there work they put up tent. Of course this saves the building, but unfortunatly you have no chance of getting an impression how the temple fits in... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is a remote temple for the devote followers of stone and temples. Sitting high on a ridge south of Olympia, reached by many miles of narrow, winding road maybe 2 hours (did not time) from Olympia. This temple owes it survival to the remoteness - nobody around to tear it down for stone to build something else. I can... More

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Kalo Nero, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The Parthenon of Peloponnese is called because Iktinus built it after his accusation of Athenians. Many famous personalities have visited it like Kazantzakis, the frescos of it are at British Museum now. It is the second well-maintained Temple in Greece now, after Temple of Ifaistus at Thission in Athens. It combines the three rhythms Doric, Korinthian and Ionic. It is... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is a wonderful site to visit - take a picnic and spend a few hours there. Unfortunately the entire temple is under cover at present, being repaired. But the site has some great picnic terraces and is hugely evocative. Odd that people would travel so far, in the middle on nowhere, to commune with the gods, but it does... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

After you've seen so many similar temples in Athens, you come across this one, which is slightly out of the way, but worth the trip because it is a little bit different. This temple is made of limestone, not marble, so it is protected by a large tent. The limestone gives the temple a different look and feel which is... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Its a long drive through mountainous roads and these really are narrow windy roads. Then you get here and the whole thing is covered with a circus tent. Ok I know what everyone is saying it's there to protect it. But it's been this way since put on in 1987 as a temporary fix. The columns have earthquake support scaffolding... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Our visit to the Temple of Apollo was one of the most memorable experiences of our 10 day Mediterranean cruise. We booked a trip with Taxi Katakolon and headed out into the beautiful Peloponnesian countryside. The four of us were the only visitors and we got to experience the amazing solitude and beauty of the temple and its location. We... More

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

What can I say when at this place one can have an amazing experience: the rise of the sun and the set of the moon at the same time, when standing on the hill where the temple of Apollo is...! Do not miss this especially in August. You have to wake up early...........Enjoy!

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