Category Archives: Greece

Photo of the Week: The Lion Gate at Mycenae, Greece

This week I’m featuring a photo taken at Mycenae during my 2007 trip to Greece. The aptly named Lion Gate is the main entrance to the citadel of Mycenae, an archaeological site in the north-eastern Peloponnese area of Greece. Mycenae was a major centre of Greek civilization and powerful kingdom way back in the second […]

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Photo of the Week: Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

In the centre of Athens, just southeast of the Acropolis, stands the ruined Temple of Olympian Zeus. In 1515 BC, Athenian tyrant Peisistratos laid the foundation for what he envisioned being the greatest temple in the world. Unfortunately, construction was abandoned five years later when Peisistratos’ son, Hippias, was overthrown in 510 BC. Over the years, […]

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Photo of the Week: Theatre at Epidaurus, Greece

Epidaurus was once celebrated as a place of miraculous healing but these days, visitors don’t come seeking a cure for what ails them, they flock to see the remarkable 3rd-century theatre. It’s hard not to let your mouth fall open when the theatre at Epidaurus first comes into view. I remember being shocked at how […]

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Ancient Delphi- The Navel of the World

Nestled between the rugged peak of Mount Parnassus and a spectacular valley of cypress and olive trees, is Delphi- regarded by ancient Greeks as the most sacred site in the world. Delphi is said to have been founded by Zeus, who determined it to be the centre of the world. Mythology holds that Zeus released […]

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Photo of the Week: Temple of Hephaestus, Athens

The Temple of Hephaestus is the best preserved Doric temple in Greece. It was built on the western edge of the Ancient Agora in honour of God of the Forge, Hephaestus. The temple has 34 columns, a frieze depicting nine of the Twelve Labours of Heracles and was once surrounded by foundries and metalwork shops. […]

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Photo of the Week: Church of Panagia Paraportiani, Mykonos Greece

Mykonos’ most famous church is the Panagia Paraportiani, whose name translates to “Our Lady of the Side Gate”.  It’s actually not a single church, but a group of five smaller churches that were amalgamated into one. Four of the churches were used to form the base for the fifth church, which when placed on top, formed […]

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The Acropolis- Athens’ High City

From almost any point within Athens, you can see the Acropolis standing high above the city, a monumental beauty built in homage to Athena, the goddess of wisdom. When I arrived to Athens, I could not wait to see the Acropolis. Walking towards it and getting my first glimpse was exhilarating. I knew the Acropolis […]

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Photo of the Week: Sanctuary of Athena, Delphi

The Sanctuary of Athena is the most picturesque spot at ancient Delphi. The Tholos, backed by a valley of olive trees, is Delphi’s most stunning monument. Built between 380 and 360 BC, it may have sheltered an important statue, although the exact purpose of the structure is unknown. The three columns that stand have been […]

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Knossos Palace- Discovering Minoan Culture and Mythology

Knossos, located about 5 km from Iraklio, was the capital of Minoan Crete and is associated with many great stories in Greek Mythology.  According to legend, it was here that King Minos had a labyrinth built to keep his mythical creature, the Minotaur.  The story goes that every nine years, King Minos made King Aegeus […]

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