MYTHOLOGICAL NAMES OF CORFU

A myth could be defined as symbolic tales of the distant past that concern cosmogony and cosmology usually connected to belief systems or rituals, and may serve to direct social action and values.

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OLD FORTRESS

Built on a rocky peninsula on the east side of Corfu Old Town, the Old Fortress is the signature of the island as is one of the most impressive fortification edifices in Europe.

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NERANTZIHA TOWER

The Nerantziha tower, is a classical monument of the 5th c. B.C, part of Paleopolis archaeological site.

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KARDAKI TEMPLE

At the east side of the Analipsis’ peninsula, on the English –style park of Mon Repos Estate, the Temple of Kardaki is located. It is the most well preserved ancient monument on the island probably because of the isolated area that was built.

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Ancient Agora II

John McK. Camp II

Director of Athenian Agora Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

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Ancient Agora

The marketplace: ancient Athens' body and heart

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THE BOULEUTERION

Built outside the sacred enclosure, the Council House is one of the oldest buildings at the site, having taken almost two centuries to complete (6th century BC 4th century BC).

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THEOKOLEON

Much more than just a site where the Olympic Games took place, Olympia was an important sanctuary where worship was practiced throughout the Olympic cycle.

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THE TREASURIES

Built at the foot of Kronios hill from the seventh to the mid-fifth century BC, these small, temple-shaped structures housed the most valuable offerings dedicated to Zeus by cities all over the Greek World.

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THE ROMAN BATHS (THERMAE) AT OLYMPIA

The site at Olympia was one of paramount importance both in the Greek and in the Roman World.

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THE TEMPLE OF ZEUS AT OLYMPIA

The most markedly monumental building not only in the entire site but in the whole region of the Peloponnese, the Temple of Zeus stood at the centre of the sacred enclosure and is considered to set the golden rule for Doric temples.

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THE TEMPLE OF HERA AT OLYMPIA

The Temple of Hera was associated with both the Olympic Games and the Heraean Games, a separate festival for female athletes, probably organised during the Olympic year, though before the Olympics.

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THE STADIUM AT OLYMPIA

The Stadium is the structure which best reflects the evolution stages of the Games, with its location and capacity varying as the event grew popular and changed in status and character from religious to secular.

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THE KRYPTE STOA

The monumental, formal entrance to the Stadium of Olympia owes its name to an arch built above it in the Hellenistic Era (krypte = covered, hidden).

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THE ZANES

To enter the Stadium through the formal entrance, known as the ‘Krypte Stoa’, athletes had to pass by the Zanes, sixteen bronze statues of Zeus, whose commission was funded by the fines imposed on athletes for foul play during the Olympic Games.

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THE ECHO STOA

Also known as the Poikile (=painted) Stoa, the Echo Stoa is not to be confused with the monument of the same name in the Athenian agora.

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Athens

Athens, a modern metropolis, a european capital, a nest for all the Mediterranean cultures. Athens, the meeting point of East and West, the harbor of everyone, who still loves passionately life! There are so many different ways to describe and analyse Athens, that any given effort to do a short depiction of the city is nothing but a try doomed to fail. Nevertheless, we will try to underline some of the main characteristics of the city of Athens. Visit Virtual Tour

Eleusina

A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour

Epidavros

Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour

Mycenae

Peering over the plain of Argolis, up there from the heights of the acropolis, one comes to terms with the superiority of the Mycenaean civilization. It reached its heyday in the Late Bronze Age (1350 - 1200 BCE) and then disappeared, leaving to eternity its legendary acropolis, built on an inaccessible, rocky hill between two ravines. The footprints of the Atreidai, the mythical royal dynasty, are visible to today's visitor and inspire awe in an era like ours, in which myth meets the history of the most important period of the ancient world. Visit Virtual Tour

Ancient Olympia

What can be said of Olympia and not sound like a cliché? The significance of the archaeological site is self-evident, even if one is not familiar with the fascinating historical details and the political background, which literally span thousands of years. Known to the world as the cradle of the Olympic ideal, this open-air museum of imposing ruins and unique artefacts tells a story of religious piety, fair play, political ambition, and demonstration of power. All the buildings you can still admire were erected to please the gods and send a message to the thousands of visitors who swarmed to the sacred grounds. Walking around the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera – both instrumental in the ritual and competitive part of the Games – modern visitors will be able to understand why the event remained relevant even when the rest of the Ancient World was long dead. As an added bonus to the splendour of the site, the Museum of Olympia boasts some of the most famous works of art produced in the long course of Hellenic culture. Visit Virtual Tour

Messene

Travelling in the Messenian land from Mount Taygetus to the coast, our glance dives, following the sunlight dipping onto the Messenian plain. From the mountainous volumes to the fertile valley, the olive groves and herbs, we see a landscape of culture, myth, and history, unfold before our eyes. In the heart of the region of Messenia, one town stands out: Ancient Messene. This "blissful plain" as Homer calls it, became a theatre of war and mythical narrations offering a viewpoint on the past and the present. Visit Virtual Tour