Historic sites in Greece

Historic-Sites-in-GreeceFrom the Acropolis to Delphi, Knossos to Thebes, the Historic sites in Greece draw tourists in their hordes every year. Indeed, famed as the home of the magnificent ancient Greek civilisation, this modern nation boasts an incredible wealth of things to see.

Yet, the Historic sites in Greece do not stop at the ancient Greek variety. Roman, Byzantine and medieval sites pepper both the mainland and its many islands, offering a diversity of sightseeing.

Our interactive map and individual links allow you to explore Historic sites in Greece easily and in detail, offering you a fantastic selection. Once you’ve explored the Historic sites in Greece you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Historic sites in Greece, you can always add them to Historvius now by visiting our upload page.

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1. The Acropolis

The Acropolis is an incredible monument to the achievements of ancient Greek civilisation and is one of the most recognisable historic sites in Greece, if not the world. Containing a number of ancient structures, most famously the Parthenon, it tops the list for any visit to Athens.

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2. Epidaurus

Once an ancient Greek city on the mainland, Epidaurus is now an incredible UNESCO-listed historic site with the ruins of many spas and a beautiful theatre.

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3. Corinth

Of major importance to both the ancient Greeks Romans, Corinth is has some of the best preserved historic sites in Greece and is a popular tourist destination.

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4. Mycenae

Once the centre of the Mycenaean civilisation, this is now a well-preserved ancient Greek archaeological site in the Peloponnese.

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5. Olympia

Of all the historic sites in Greece, Olympia is renowned as the birthplace of the Olympic Games and is an important World Heritage archaeological site.

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6. Vergina Museum

A site that fuels the imagination, the Vergina Museum is a fascinating underground vault containing the tomb of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. For scholars of history, it's one of the most important historic sites in Greece.

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7. Delphi

Once considered to have been the centre of the Earth, Delphi is among the most iconic historic sites in Greece and home to famed ruins such as the Temple of Apollo.

8. Knossos

The thriving centre of the ancient Minoan civilisation, Knossos is one of the most famous historic places in Greece.

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9. Sparta

The Greek city of Sparta was one of the most famous city-states of the ancient world and is one of the many historic sites in Greece immortalised by Hollywood.

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Acropolis of Rhodes

These are the main remains of what was the city of Rhodes in the Hellenistic period.

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Agios Eleftherios

This diminutive yet important Byzantine church in Athens is known as the little cathedral.

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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

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Akrotiri

Renowned for its incredible frescos, Akrotiri is a beautifully preserved ancient site in Santorini and one of the historic sites in Greece famed for its connection to the Minoans.

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Ancient Agora of Athens

The Ancient Agora of Athens was a market, a meeting place and the social, political and commercial hub of the ancient city.

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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.

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Arch of Hadrian - Athens

The Arch of Hadrian is a triumphal gateway in Athens built in the 2nd century AD.

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Asklepieion

This well-preserved archaeological site houses the ruins of the birthplace of medicine.

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Athens Cathedral

Athens Cathedral was built over the course of two decades in the 19th century.

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Athens National Archaeological Museum

With over 20,000 pieces on display, Athens National Archaeological Museum is one of the most popular historic attractions in Greece.

Athens War Museum

This museum houses an extensive range of exhibits relating to the history of war.

Averof Museum

The most famous Greek warship, the Averof saw action for over 40 years including during the two world wars.

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Bassae

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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Byzantine Museum

With over 25,000 artefacts of national importance dating from the 3rd to 20th centuries AD, the Byzantine Museum is a popular attraction in Athens.

Casa Romana - Kos

Casa Romana is a 3rd century Ancient Roman villa in Kos.

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Castle of the Knights - Kos

One of several historic sites in Greece relating to the Knights Hospitaller, the Castle of the Knights in Kos is an impressive ruin.

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Delos

Delos is the island on which Apollo was said to have been born and an ancient World Heritage site.

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Delos Archaeological Museum

This interesting museum houses finds from the ancient site of Delos.

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Delphi Archaeological Museum

This archaeological museum exhibits artefacts from the ancient Greek city of Delphi.

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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.

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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.

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Gortyna

Gortyna in Crete was the capital of Crete and Cyrene during the Roman era.

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Grandmasters Palace - Rhodes

The former headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller of St John, the Grandmasters Palace of Rhodes is one of the most important medieval historic sites in Greece.

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Hadrian’s Library

Built by the Emperor Hadrian, this ancient library originally housed over 17,000 books, scrolls, documents and papyri. The ruins of the site were opened to the public in 2004.

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Hellenic Parliament

The neoclassical Parliament building on Syntagma Square the centre of Athens has been the seat of Government since 1935 and was previously the Old Royal Palace built for King Otto.

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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

This archaeological museum tells the story of ancient Crete.

Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki tells the story of the city’s Jewish community since the 3rd century BC.

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Kamiros

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

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Kapnikarea

Sitting right in the middle of bustling modern streets, Kapnikarea is a beautiful 11th century Byzantine church in Athens.

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Kerameikos

One of the more hidden historic sites of Greece located in Athens, Kerameikos was the site of an important ancient burial ground.

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Kos Ancient Agora

This ancient agora contains a series of ruins dating from the 4th century BC to the 6th century AD.

Lappa Fulling Mill

The Lappa Fulling Mill is one of few fulling mills to survive, mainly because they were made of wood. This one was discovered only in 1994.

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Lato

The atmospheric archaeological site of Lato contains the ruins of the ancient city which once dominated this area.

Meteora

Inhabited since the 11th century, the monasteries of Meteora are some of the most visually arresting historical sites in Greece, perched high on its mountains. UNESCO-listed.

Museum of Byzantine Culture - Thessaloniki

This museum in Thessaloniki explores the history and heritage of the Byzantine era.

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Mystras

An entire city built around a 13th century castle, Mystras is one of the medieval historical sites of Greece.

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National Historical Museum

The National Historical Museum in Athens covers modern Greek history and folklore between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries.

Nymphaeum of Kos

Probably one of the more unlikely historic attractions in Greece, this was actually an ancient Roman luxury public lavatory.

Odeon of Kos

The Odeon of Kos dates back to the 2nd or 3rd century and would have served as a Roman theatre.

Olympia Archaeological Museum

This is a museum displaying finds from the ancient city of Olympia.

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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.

Pella

Once the capital of ancient Macedonia and the birthplace of Alexander the Great, Pella may not be one of the best known tourist sites in Greece, but is of great historical importance.

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Pharsalus Battlefield

Pharsalus Battlefield was the setting for the most decisive battle of Caesar’s civil war and saw the final defeat of Pompey the Great.

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Philippi Battlefield

Philippi Battlefield is the location of the Battle of Philippi, where Mark Antony and Octavian defeated the forces of those who had assassinated Julius Caesar.

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Philopappos Monument

A magnificent mausoleum celebrating the life of one of Athens’ most important benefactors, Julius Antiochus Philopappos, and built by the citizens of the city after his death in 116 AD.

Rhodes Archaeological Museum

This museum displays mostly Classical and Hellenistic as well as some Archaic artefacts.

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Roman Agora of Athens

This Agora of Athens contains some of the city’s ancient Roman ruins.

Syntagma Metro Station

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

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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 Olympian Zeus

With its vast columns, this 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 Greek temple dedicated to the deity of the sea.

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The Acropolis Museum

A comprehensive museum of ancient Greece and general Athenian history, The Acropolis Museum is among the top places to visit in Greece.

The Agora Museum - Athens

Exhibiting finds from the Ancient Agora of Athens, this museum is housed within the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos.

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 Beule Gate

The Beule Gate was built in the 3rd century AD as part of a defensive wall.

The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

This monument commemorated first prize in a dramatic performance Lysicrates had sponsored around 335 BCE.

The Erechtheion

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

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The Parthenon

The Parthenon is among the most iconic surviving ancient historic sites in Greece site and is a monument to Classical Greek civilisation.

The Propylaia

An impressive site to visit in central Athens, the Propylaia was the grand entranceway to the Acropolis.

The White Tower of Thessaloniki

This is a cylindrical stone tower, monument and museum in Thessaloniki, capital of the Macedonian region of northern Greece.

Theatre of Dionysus

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

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Theatre of Herodes Atticus

The Theatre of Herodes Atticus is a Roman amphitheatre built in Athens in 161AD.

Thebes

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

Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum

This archaeological museum in Thessaloniki has five main comprehensive exhibits, mostly focused on ancient Macedonia.