Ancient Greek Sites and Ancient Greek Ruins

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Ancient Greece was the cradle of democracy. A civilisation which produced some of the most groundbreaking art, philosophy and culture the world has ever seen, the Ancient Greeks left their legacy in a myriad of ways.

Many Ancient Greek sites and ruins that have survived today are among the most famous landmarks in the world. The Acropolis in Athens stands tall as a testament to Ancient Greek achievement. Yet there is a multitude of Ancient Greek sites and Ancient Greek places that are still able to be seen today, some equally as famous, others ignored by the masses.

There’s a great selection of Ancient Greek sites and Ancient Greek ruins and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of the sites of Ancient Greece you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Ancient Greek ruins.

Our database of historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. If you know of other Ancient Greek sites, remains or ruins, you can add them to Historvius by visiting our upload page. Click the links below to explore Ancient Greek sites and ruins:

Ancient Greece: Editor's Picks

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1. The Acropolis

The Acropolis is one of the most recognisable historic sites in the world and remains an inspirational monument to the achievements of Ancient Greek civilisation.

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2. Paestum

Among the best Greek ruins anywhere in the world, Paestum is a Greco-Roman site in Italy containing the stunning remains of three ancient Greek temples.

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3. Olympia

Olympia was a city in Ancient Greece from which today’s Olympic Games originate and is now an important archaeological site protected by UNESCO.

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4. Epidaurus

Epidaurus was a city of Ancient Greece located on the Greek mainland. Its incredible ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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5. Valley of the Temples

The Valley of the Temples is a UNESCO-listed site in Sicily housing the very well-preserved remains of several Ancient Greek temples which rank among the best ancient Greek remains in the world

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6. Troy

Troy is a world-renowned archaeological site, and one of the best-known ancient Greek ruins. Inhabited since the 4th millennium BC, it is believed to the have been the location of the famous Trojan War.

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7. Delphi

Among the best known of all Ancient Greek sites, Delphi is an Ancient Greek city once considered to have been the centre of the Earth.

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8. Sparta

The ancient Greek city of Sparta was one of the most famous city-states of the ancient world.

Ancient Greece: Site Index


Abila is an ancient town in Jordan and one of the Decapolis, a federation of 10 Greco-Roman cities providing a defence of the eastern front of the Roman Empire.

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Acropolis of Rhodes

The Acropolis of Rhodes is the site of the main remains of what was the city of Rhodes in the Hellenistic period.

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Aigai in northern Greece, was once capital of the Macedonian kingdom and the site where Alexander the Great was proclaimed king. A number of remains of the ancient town can be seen, including the tomb of Alexander’s father.

Alexandria National Museum

The Alexandria National Museum in Alexandria, Egypt houses one of the world's finest collections of Pharaonic, Ptolemaic, Coptic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic artefacts in the world.

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Amathus is an archaeological Ancient Greek site in Cyprus containing the remains of one of the island’s oldest ancient towns.

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Ancient Agora of Athens

One of many Ancient Greek sites in Athens, the Ancient Agora was a market, a meeting place and the social, political and commercial hub of the ancient city.

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Antalya Museum

The Antalya Museum contains thousands of ancient and prehistoric artifacts, many from the ancient Greek period.

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Apamea is an ancient site in Syria which boasts a remarkable 1800 metres of dramatic Roman colonnades as well as Ancient Greek ruins.

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The ancient city of Aphrodisias was named after the Goddess of Love; Aphrodite. Established in what is now modern day Turkey in the 6th century BC, it expanded into the thriving capital of the surrounding region.


Apollonia is an ancient site in Albania which Cicero deemed a 'great and important city'.

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large site on northern coats of Crete. Key strategic location results in occupation from early Greek through Roman, early Christian to Ottoman with WW2 machine gun posts. Impossible to provide one picture to show whole site. Would like to split according to place and time.

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The site of Arsuf, also known as Apollonia, contains the remains of a Crusader castle once occupied by the Knights Hospitaller as well as remains from other periods including Ancient Greece.

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Asklepieion is an ancient Greek archaeological site containing the well-preserved ruins of the birthplace of medicine.

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The city of Assos was founded by Ancient Greeks from the 7th century BC. The ancient ruined city is crowned by an impressive temple dedicated to the Goddess Athena.

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Athens National Archaeological Museum

Athens National Archaeological Museum is one of the most prominent of its kind in the world and has over 20,000 pieces.

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Baalbek is home to the largest ever Roman temple and a range of other magnificent ancient structures, including many from the ancient greek period.

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Bassae is an ancient site and home to a famed UNESCO-listed monument to Apollo Epicurius.

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Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum houses a vast collection of art and artefacts from Greek history, from Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine Greece to the Ottoman age and right up to the present day.

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British Museum

The British Museum in London is a world-famous museum of history and culture and has an excellent collection of ancient greek artefacts.

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Butrint is a prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage site in south west Albania which has been occupied by the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines.

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Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

The Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities contains the most comprehensive and important collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world as well as some from the Ancient Greek period.

Capua Archaeological Museum

Capua Archaeological Museum houses a collection of ancient artefacts and is next to an ancient Mithraeum.

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One of the most famous Ancient Greek sites, Corinth was a major city to both the Ancient Greeks and the Ancient Romans and its fascinating ruins are a popular tourist destination.

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Cumae Archaeological Park

Cumae Archaeological Park in Pozzuoli houses a series of ancient ruins and artefacts and is thought to have been inhabited as far back as the Iron Age.

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Cyrene in Lybia is considered to be one of the most impressive Greco-Roman sites in the world and has many ancient Greek ruins.

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Delos is a UNESCO listed ancient Greek site and the island on which Apollo was said to have been born.

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Delos Archaeological Museum

The Delos Archaeological Museum houses finds from the ancient site of Delos.

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Delphi Archaeological Museum

Delphi Archaeological Museum displays artifacts from the Ancient Greek city of Delphi.


Didyma in Turkey contains the ruins of the temple of Apollo, which was one of the most important oracles of the Hellenic world.

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Dion is an ancient city in Greece which became the religious centre of the Macedonian kingdom and now contains a number of Greek and Roman-era ruins.

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An archaeological site of great national importance, the Greco-Roman ruins at Eleusis are beautifully preserved and steeped in the richness of Greek mythology.

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The ruins of a Roman military camp built on the remains of a bustling Greek city, Empuries is the only archaeological site on the Iberian Peninsula that boasts such an ancient history.

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Ephesus in Turkey represents some of the best preserved Ancient Greek ruins in the Mediterranean.

Florence Archaeological Museum

Florence Archaeological Museum combines an impressive collection of Etruscan art with Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts.

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Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is a museum dedicated to the ancient world.

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Heraklea Linkestis

Heraklea Linkestis is an archaeological site in Bitola in Macedonia which was once an ancient Roman settlement and contains many Ancient Greek ruins.

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One of many ancient Greek sites in Turkey, Hierapolis was once a thriving, multicultural ancient city and spa, the remains of which can still be seen.

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Histria was occupied by the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines and is thought to be the oldest settlement in Romania.

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Istanbul Archaeology Museum

The Istanbul Archaeology Museum houses around a million artefacts from an impressive range of cultures and periods.

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Jardin des Vestiges

The Jardin des Vestiges is an archaeological site in Marseilles with ancient Greek and Roman remains.

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Kamiros was an ancient city on the island of Rhodes, the ruins of which include an acropolis.

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Kaunos contains the remains of an ancient Carian city and includes a host of Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine remains – particularly its impressive theatre.

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Of of the lesser known Ancient Greek sites in Athens, Kerameikos was the site of an important ancient burial ground.

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The picturesque remains of the ancient city of Knidos are a popular tourist attraction, as much for the beautiful coastal views as for the archaic ruins.

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Kos Ancient Agora

The Kos Ancient Agora contains a series of ancient Greek ruins dating from the fourth century BC to the sixth century AD.

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Kourion is an impressive archaeological site in Cyprus containing mostly Ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins.

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Laodikeia was an Ancient Greek then Roman city, which is now represented by a set of ruins.

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7 Century BC Doric city on Crete. Well preserved and very well cared for. More atmospheric than over restored Knossos. Just 3 kms from Kritsa


Leukaspis was a thriving Greco-Roman port and city founded in the second century BC. Today, it has been excavated as the Marina el-Alamein Archaeological Site.

Marseille History Museum

The Marseille History Museum chronicles the city’s history since Ancient Greek times.

Marseille Roman Docks Museum

The Roman Docks Museum has a collection of artefacts from Marseille’s thriving ancient port.

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Remains of Greek city - part of 'magna grecia' or greater Greece. Extensive site with remains of Theatres, temples and drainage. Museum nearby

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Miletus was an important ancient Greek then Roman city, which still has an impressive theatre, but relatively few other ruins.

Museo del Sannio di Benevento

Museo del Sannio is an historical museum in Benevento which displays ancient and medieval artefacts from the local area.

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Mycenae is a well-preserved Ancient Greek archaeological site in the Peloponnese which formed the centre of the Mycenaean civilisation.

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Myra has one of the best-preserved collections of ancient ruins, and is a perfect place to experience an illustrious period of Greek and Roman history being brought back to life.

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Naples National Archeological Museum

The Naples National Archaeological Museum holds comprehensive collections from the Greek, Roman and Egyptian eras.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a world-class museum of art containing a myriad of ancient works in Copenhagen.

Olympia Archaeological Museum

Olympia Archaeological Museum is a museum exhibiting artifacts from the ancient city of Olympia.

Palazzo Nuovo

The Palazzo Nuovo is an archaeological museum of Ancient Greek and Roman art. Part of the Musei Capitolini.

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Panathenaic Stadium

The site of the first modern Olympic games, the 2,300-year-old Panathenaic Stadium in Athens is one of the most significantly important historical sites in all of Greece.


Pasargadae was the first capital of the Persian Empire, the UNESCO-listed ruins of which are located in Iran.


Pella in Greece was the capital of ancient Macedonia and the birthplace of Alexander the Great.


Pergamum was a thriving ancient Greek then Roman city, home to famous sites such as its Asclepion, theatre and library.

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Perge is a Turkish archaeological site containing mostly Roman ruins, but has a history dating back to Ancient Greece.


Perperikon was an important Thracian sanctuary turned Roman town then medieval fortress.

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Phaselis is an exquisite ancient site, where the ruins lie scattered amongst pine trees and the beautiful Mediterranean coast.


Priene is a quiet, picturesque ancient Greek city in Turkey which boasts some amazing historical remains without the crowds of the nearby sites.

Rhodes Archaeological Museum

The Rhodes Archaeological Museum displays mostly Classical and Hellenistic as well as some Archaic artifacts.


Sagalassos is an active archaeological site in southwest Turkey which contains mostly Hellenistic and Ancient Roman ruins, some of them very well preserved.

San Lorenzo Maggiore

The San Lorenzo Maggiore ruins in Naples are the underground remains of a Greek colony then Roman city.


Segesta contains the famous fifth century BC incomplete, but very well-preserved, Temple of Segesta.


Selinunte is an Ancient Greek archaeological site in Sicily containing the ruins of an acropolis and five temples.

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Side Ruins and Museum

Impressive ruins and a fascinating museum, Side hosts a wealth of Graeco-Roman remains and the impressive amphitheatre is a particular highlight.

Stari Grad Plain

The Stari Grad Plain is a prime example of ancient Greek agricultural practices and organisation.


Stobi in Macedonia was an ancient settlement of Paeonia before becoming a Roman city.

Syntagma Metro Station

Syntagma Metro Station in Athens contains a wonderful display of ancient artefacts which were uncovered during the station’s construction.

Syracuse Archaeological Site

The Syracuse Archaeological Site contains the impressive remains of an ancient city dating as far back as the eighth century BC.

Taormina Amphitheatre

Taormina Amphitheatre was first built by the Ancient Greeks in the third century BC and reconstructed by the Romans.


Taxila was the ancient Gandhāran capital city and its incredible ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Temple of Aphaea - Aegina

The ancient Temple of Aphaea on the island of Aegina is one of the most important and picturesque temples in Greece.

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Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

The Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae is often said to be one of the best examples of its kind in the Peloponnese.

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Temple of Hephaestus

The Temple of Hephaestus is an imposing ancient Greek temple in the Athenian Agora.

Temple of Horus

The Temple of Horus is a vast and incredibly well-preserved monument to one of Ancient Egypt’s most important deities.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Temple of Olympian Zeus is one of the most impressive ancient temples in Greece.

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Temple of Poseidon - Sounio

The Temple of Poseidon of Sounio is a picturesque ruin of a fifth century BC Greek temple dedicated to the deity of the sea.

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The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is a museum of Ancient Greece and general Athenian history.

The Agora Museum - Athens

The Agora Museum displays artefacts from the Ancient Agora of Athens and is housed within the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos.

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The Altes Museum

The Altes Museum in Berlin contains a collection of Ancient Greek and Roman artifacts.

The Amphiareion at Oropos

The Amphiareion at Oropos was a sanctuary built in the late 5th century BC dedicated to the mythical deified seer Amphiaraos where pilgrims came from far and wide for his oracular medicinal and psychological healing.

The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

Lysicrates’ monument to commemorate first prize in a dramatic performance that he had sponsored around 335 BCE.

The Erechtheion

The Erechtheion is a well preserved ancient temple in the Acropolis complex.

The Hermitage

The Hermitage is a world renowned museum in St Petersburg which includes a vast array of global exhibits ranging from ancient artefacts and archaeological finds to modern history.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a world renowned museum exhibiting works spanning eight thousand years.

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The Neues Museum

The Neues Museum in Berlin has a vast collection including Prehistoric, Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek works.

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The Parthenon

The Parthenon is probably the most famous surviving site from Ancient Greece and is a monument to Classical Greek civilisation.

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The Pergamon Museum

The Pergamon Museum in Berlin displays ancient exhibitions and those of Muslim art.

The Propylaia

The Propylaia was the grand entranceway to the Acropolis.

The Serapeum

The Serapeum was a magnificent ancient temple and library complex in Alexandria of which little remains today.

Theatre of Dionysus

The Theatre of Dionysus was one of the most important theatres in Ancient Greece.


Thebes was an ancient Mycenaean and Greek city eventually destroyed by Alexander the Great.

Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum

Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum focuses on ancient Macedonia via five comprehensive exhibits.

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Tombs of the Kings - Paphos

The Tombs of the Kings is a Hellenistic necropolis in Paphos in Cyprus containing a series of eight well-preserved tombs.

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Trogir is a small island town just to the west of Split renowned for its fortified walls and stunning Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. It appears in Game of Thrones as Qarth, 'the greatest city that ever was or will be'.

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Umm Qais

Umm Qais, also spelt Umm Qays, houses the remains of Gadara, one of the Decapolis cities.

Underground Library of Alexandria

The underground library of Alexandria once formed part of the city’s famous Great Library and can be found under the ruins of the Serapeum.

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Velia Archaeological Site

The Velia Archaeological Site contains Greek, Roman and medieval ruins of the city initially founded as Elea.

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Vergina Museum

The Royal Tombs of Vergina Museum is a fascinating underground vault containing the tomb of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great.

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The remains of this important Roman city are under excavation in Turkey. Though not open to the public, many finds from the site can be seen in the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum.