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