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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 sites : Editor's Picks

  • The Acropolis 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.

  • Paestum 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.

  • Olympia 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.
    Photo by Erik Daniel Drost (cc)

  • Epidaurus 4. Epidaurus
    Epidaurus was a city of Ancient Greece located on the Greek mainland. Its incredible ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Photo by thebaldwin (cc)

  • Valley of the Temples 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
    Photo by emilio labrador (cc)

  • Troy 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.
    Photo by Travelling Runes (cc)

  • Delphi 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.

  • Sparta 8. Sparta
    The ancient Greek city of Sparta was one of the most famous city-states of the ancient world.
    Photo by davehighbury (cc)

Ancient Greece sites: Site Index

  • Acropolis of Rhodes 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.
    Photo by Shadowgate (cc)

  • Aigai Aigai
    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.
    Photo by Rufus210 (cc)

  • Amathus Amathus
    Amathus is an archaeological Ancient Greek site in Cyprus containing the remains of one of the island’s oldest ancient towns.
    Photo by isawnyu (cc)

  • Ancient Agora of Athens 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.
    Photo by Eustaquio Santimano (cc)

  • Antalya Museum Antalya Museum
    The Antalya Museum contains thousands of ancient and prehistoric artifacts, many from the ancient Greek period.
    Photo by Alaskan Dude (cc)

  • Apamea Apamea
    Apamea is an ancient site in Syria which boasts a remarkable 1800 metres of dramatic Roman colonnades as well as Ancient Greek ruins.
    Photo by yeowatzup (cc)

  • Aphrodisias Aphrodisias
    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.
    Photo by Ken and Nyetta (cc)

  • Aptera Aptera
    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.
    Photo by GOC53 (cc)

  • Arsuf Arsuf
    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.
    Photo by אסף.צ (cc)

  • Asklepieion Asklepieion
    Asklepieion is an ancient Greek archaeological site containing the well-preserved ruins of the birthplace of medicine.
    Photo by *clairity* (cc)

  • Assos Assos
    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.
    Photo by Travelling Runes (cc)

  • Athens National Archaeological Museum 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.
    Photo by jaybergesen (cc)

  • Baalbek Baalbek
    Baalbek is home to the largest ever Roman temple and a range of other magnificent ancient structures, including many from the ancient greek period.
    Photo by isawnyu (cc)

  • Bassae Bassae
    Bassae is an ancient site and home to a famed UNESCO-listed monument to Apollo Epicurius.
    Photo by DAVID HOLT (cc)

  • Benaki Museum 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.
    Photo by cpence (cc)

  • British Museum 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.
    Photo by Dysanovic (cc)

  • Butrint Butrint
    Butrint is a prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage site in south west Albania which has been occupied by the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines.
    Photo by Pero Kvrzica (cc)

  • Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities 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.
    Photo by leoncillo sabino (cc)

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

  • Corinth Corinth
    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.
    Photo by Alun Salt (cc)

  • Cumae Archaeological Park 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.
    Photo by filologanoga (cc)

  • Cyrene Cyrene
    Cyrene in Lybia is considered to be one of the most impressive Greco-Roman sites in the world and has many ancient Greek ruins.
    Photo by davehighbury (cc)

  • Delos Delos
    Delos is a UNESCO listed ancient Greek site and the island on which Apollo was said to have been born.
    Photo by isawnyu (cc)

  • Delos Archaeological Museum Delos Archaeological Museum
    The Delos Archaeological Museum houses finds from the ancient site of Delos.
    Photo by Charles Haynes (cc)

  • Delphi Archaeological Museum Delphi Archaeological Museum
    Delphi Archaeological Museum displays artifacts from the Ancient Greek city of Delphi.
    Photo by Peter Long (cc)

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

  • Dion Dion
    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.
    Photo by carolemadge1 (cc)

  • Eleusis Eleusis
    An archaeological site of great national importance, the Greco-Roman ruins at Eleusis are beautifully preserved and steeped in the richness of Greek mythology.
    Photo by kalleboo (cc)

  • Empuries Empuries
    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.
    Photo by tristanf (cc)

  • Ephesus Ephesus
    Ephesus in Turkey represents some of the best preserved Ancient Greek ruins in the Mediterranean.
    Photo by Donna and Andrew (cc)

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

  • Getty Villa Getty Villa
    The Getty Villa is a museum dedicated to the ancient world.
    Photo by The Consortium (cc)

  • Heraklea Linkestis 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.

  • Hierapolis Hierapolis
    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.
    Photo by Chris. P (cc)

  • Histria Histria
    Histria was occupied by the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines and is thought to be the oldest settlement in Romania.
    Photo by amiinsidemyself (cc)

  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum Istanbul Archaeology Museum
    The Istanbul Archaeology Museum houses around a million artefacts from an impressive range of cultures and periods.
    Photo by ae35unit (cc)

  • Jardin des Vestiges Jardin des Vestiges
    The Jardin des Vestiges is an archaeological site in Marseilles with ancient Greek and Roman remains.
    Photo by maarjaara (cc)

  • Kamiros Kamiros
    Kamiros was an ancient city on the island of Rhodes, the ruins of which include an acropolis.
    Photo by Shadowgate (cc)

  • Kaunos Kaunos
    Kaunos contains the remains of an ancient Carian city and includes a host of Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine remains – particularly its impressive theatre.
    Photo by Rev Stan (cc)

  • Kerameikos Kerameikos
    Of of the lesser known Ancient Greek sites in Athens, Kerameikos was the site of an important ancient burial ground.
    Photo by dynamosquito (cc)

  • Knidos Knidos
    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.
    Photo by silverman68 (cc)

  • Kos Ancient Agora 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.
    Photo by bazylek100 [away] (cc)

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

  • Laodikeia Laodikeia
    Laodikeia was an Ancient Greek then Roman city, which is now represented by a set of ruins.
    Photo by Ian W Scott (cc)

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

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

  • Metapontum Metapontum
    Remains of Greek city - part of 'magna grecia' or greater Greece. Extensive site with remains of Theatres, temples and drainage. Museum nearby
    Photo by AlexanderVanLoon (cc)

  • Miletus Miletus
    Miletus was an important ancient Greek then Roman city, which still has an impressive theatre, but relatively few other ruins.
    Photo by Miia Ranta (cc)

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

  • Mycenae Mycenae
    Mycenae is a well-preserved Ancient Greek archaeological site in the Peloponnese which formed the centre of the Mycenaean civilisation.
    Photo by *clairity* (cc)

  • Myra Myra
    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.
    Photo by erinc salor (cc)

  • Naples National Archeological Museum Naples National Archeological Museum
    The Naples National Archaeological Museum holds comprehensive collections from the Greek, Roman and Egyptian eras.
    Photo by virtusincertus (cc)

  • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 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
    Olympia Archaeological Museum is a museum exhibiting artifacts from the ancient city of Olympia.

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

  • Panathenaic Stadium 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.
    Photo by japrea (cc)

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

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

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

  • Perge Perge
    Perge is a Turkish archaeological site containing mostly Roman ruins, but has a history dating back to Ancient Greece.
    Photo by pavdw (cc)

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

  • Phaselis Phaselis
    Phaselis is an exquisite ancient site, where the ruins lie scattered amongst pine trees and the beautiful Mediterranean coast.
    Photo by Dave Lonsdale (cc)

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

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

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

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

  • Side Ruins and Museum 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.
    Photo by Tobias Lindman (cc)

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

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

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

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

  • Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae 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.
    Photo by DAVID HOLT (cc)

  • Temple of Hephaestus Temple of Hephaestus
    The Temple of Hephaestus is an imposing ancient Greek temple in the Athenian Agora.
    Photo by RMH40 (cc)

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

  • Temple of Poseidon - Sounio 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.
    Photo by nouregef (cc)

  • The Acropolis Museum The Acropolis Museum
    The Acropolis Museum is a museum of Ancient Greece and general Athenian history.
    Photo by Tilemahos (cc)

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

  • The Altes Museum The Altes Museum
    The Altes Museum in Berlin contains a collection of Ancient Greek and Roman artifacts.
    Photo by Francisco Antunes (cc)

  • The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates 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
    The Erechtheion is a well preserved ancient temple in the Acropolis complex.

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

  • The Neues Museum The Neues Museum
    The Neues Museum in Berlin has a vast collection including Prehistoric, Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek works.
    Photo by Olivier Bruchez (cc)

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

  • The Pergamon Museum The Pergamon Museum
    The Pergamon Museum in Berlin displays ancient exhibitions and those of Muslim art.
    Photo by SpirosK photography (cc)

  • The Propylaia The Propylaia
    The Propylaia was the grand entranceway to the Acropolis.

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

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

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

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

  • Tombs of the Kings - Paphos 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.

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

  • Underground Library of Alexandria 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.

  • Velia Archaeological Site Velia Archaeological Site
    The Velia Archaeological Site contains Greek, Roman and medieval ruins of the city initially founded as Elea.
    Photo by hanjeanwat (cc)

  • Vergina Museum 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.
    Photo by Dimboukas (cc)

  • Zeugma Zeugma
    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.
    Photo by adam_jones (cc)

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