The UNESCO sites of Greece:  a top reason to visit the country!

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Greece’s magnificent ancient history lives on through the country’s numerous and splendidly vibrant monuments and archaeological sites! The rich Greek heritage is displayed through the plentiful list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread across the capital and the country in general.

Tourists, visitors, and explorers heading to Greece, would be thrilled to discover this selection of historical gems, among the wider spectrum of sites:

The Acropolis in Athens

The renowned Acropolis entered the realm of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987. This remarkable landmark is a famous destination for almost every visitor of the Greek capital, and it includes wonderful masterpieces such as the Erechteion, the Parthenon, the Propylaea, and the Temple of Athena Nike.

The Archeological Sites

Delphi, Mystras, and Olympia crown the list to name a few. The sites of Delphi and Mystras for example, date back to 1249 AD. Home for the temple of Apollo, the stadium, and a theatre, the archaeological site of Delphi is one of the most important World Heritage sites in the country. Neighboring Sparta, Mystras holds a magical castle that was built by Frankish leader William II de Villehardouin. Olympia is as most of us already know, is home to the Olympic games! This Archeological site was dedicated to Zeus and was a key religious center in ancient times.

Vergina Capital in Aigai

The first capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia in northern Greece, previously known as the city of Aigai and recently named Vergina! This royal site incorporates unique monuments with spectacular architectural traits and important treasures.

The Medieval city of Rhodes

The Medieval City of Rhodes was occupied by the Order of St John of Jerusalem from 1309 to 1523, then the Turkish and Italian rule followed. With time, this site became known for its magnificent urban landmarks of the Gothic period, along side beautiful buildings dating back to the Ottoman period.

Mount Athos & Meteora

Both sites hold cultural and natural significance at once! Meteora takes a secluded part of Thessaly and incorporates stunning sandstone peaks where 24 monasteries, built by monks in the 11th century, are nested.

Athos is a well-known spiritual center on its own. This “Holy mountain” is home to 20 monasteries and is famous for its artistic charm.

The Island of Delos

It is said that Apollo and Artemis, the Greek gods, were born in the sacred island of Delos, also known for serving as a primary panHellenic sanctuary during ancient times.

The list of must visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece goes on to host eighteen precious spots with exceptional natural landscape and exquisite cultural characteristics. Book your ticket or plan your tour around the country and embark on your journey through history!

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