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Greece is a country rich in ancient history. Visiting Greece can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. The culture, food, annual events, and landscapes of Greece consistently draw in visitors from around the world. There are numerous historical sites to visit, but these are the top seven that will make your trip memorable.

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Olympia

If the name sounds familiar, that is because the Olympics started here. The archeological sites here are all full of the ancient Greek history. Ilia are home to Mt. Kronion, the most sacred spot in all of Olympia. The Olympics are an important part of world history, and visiting here will allow seeing just how it all began. In the 10th century B.C., Olympia became the top place for the worship of Zeus. The Altis (the sanctuary to the gods) has one of the highest concentrations of masterpieces from the ancient Greek world. In addition to temples, there are the ruins of all the stadiums built for the Olympics, which were held in Olympia every four years beginning in 776 B.C. The Temple of Zeus was the largest and most important building at Olympia and was one of the largest Doric temples in Greece.  The statue of Zeus within the temple was by Pheidias (who had worked on the Parthenon and its statue of Athena) and was a solid gold and ivory representation of Zeus seated on a throne. It is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Corinth the Ancient City

Visiting the ancient city of Corinth is a short 48 mile trip from Athens. This coastal city was home to the Corinthians, who were some of the best problem solvers in ancient Greece as they solved complicated issues such as population growth, money exchange, and schooling. It was a wealthy locale that controlled sea trade in the area. It holds religious and spiritual significance – Apostle Paul was known to live here. Temples of Apollo, Aphrodite and Octavia are also located in Corinth. The Temple of Apollo, especially, is regarded as a prime example of Doric architecture. The remains of other temples, villas, a theatre, shops, public baths, pottery factories, a gymnasium, a large triumphal arch, and other buildings dot the site, which since 1896 has been extensively excavated. Corinth was also famous for its pottery, and you can see a comprehensive collection of Corinthian pottery showing all stages of development. The Temple of Aphrodite has little remaining, while the Temple of Octavia, dedicated to Emperor Augustus’ sister, has barely a foundation remaining after centuries of earthquakes. The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth contains a number of artifacts of religious interest, including inscriptions of Gallio and Erastus, both mentioned in religious texts.

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