Ancient Greek temples were arguably the most important monuments from Ancient Greece. They were used as monuments to their beloved gods and goddesses, as opposed to places of worship. The first stone temples appear in the 6th C CE.

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece

Dominating the skyline in Athens in the Acropolis. Dating back to the 5th C BCE with evidence of occupation as far back as the 4th ML BCE!

Acropolis Hill, Greece

The Doric Temple of Segesta, Italy

Located in northwest Sicily just outside the ancient city of Segesta. Built around the 420s BCE by an Athenian architect.

Segesta

The Paestum, Italy

Located in Southern Italy is the remains of an Ancient Greek city built c.600 BCE.

Paestum, Italy

Temple of Apollo Epicurius, Greece

Located at the archaeological site of Bassae, the first Greek site to be inscribed in to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Dedicated to Apollo Epikourios, this temple was built between c.420 and 400 BCE.

Temple of Apollo Epicurius

Temple of Hephaestus, Greece

Located on Agoraios Kolonos and dedicated to the God of Craftsmanship, Hephaestus, this temple was built between c.449 and 415 BCE.

Temple of Hephaestus, Greece

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Greece

Located in Athens, around 500m southeast of the Acropolis, and dedicated to Zeus. Construction began in the 6th C BCE but was not completed until the 2nd C CE, during the reign of Hadrian.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Greece

Located on the tip of the Attica Peninsula, surrounded on three sides by the ocean, this temple dedicated to the God of the Sea, Poseidon, was built between c.444 and 440 BCE.

Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Greece

Temple of Zeus at Cyrene, Libya

Located at the Ancient Greek colony of Cyrene in Libya, this temple was dedicated to the God of Thunder, Zeus, and built c.5th-6th C BCE.

Temple of Zeus at Cyrene, Libya

Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), Italy

This archaeological site is in Agrigento,  Sicily, and boasts seven Doric style temples in the Ancient Greek city of Akragas.

 Featured Image: Thomas Cole sketch of The Temple of Segesta c.1843

4 Replies to “Must See Ancient Greek Temples”

  1. Really interesting post! We’ve only seen one of these, the Acropolis, in person and it was magical! Good to know about the others!

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