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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.

Historical sites in Greece : Editor's Picks

  • The Acropolis 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.

  • Epidaurus 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.
    Photo by thebaldwin (cc)

  • Corinth 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.
    Photo by Alun Salt (cc)

  • Mycenae 4. Mycenae
    Once the centre of the Mycenaean civilisation, this is now a well-preserved ancient Greek archaeological site in the Peloponnese.
    Photo by *clairity* (cc)

  • Olympia 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.
    Photo by Erik Daniel Drost (cc)

  • Vergina Museum 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.
    Photo by Dimboukas (cc)

  • Delphi 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.

  • Knossos 8. Knossos
    The thriving centre of the ancient Minoan civilisation, Knossos is one of the most famous historic places in Greece.
    Photo by Maria Rosaria Sannino/images and words (cc)

  • Sparta 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.
    Photo by davehighbury (cc)

Historical sites in Greece: Site Index

  • Acropolis of Rhodes Acropolis of Rhodes
    These are the main remains of what was the city of Rhodes in the Hellenistic period.
    Photo by Shadowgate (cc)

  • Agios Eleftherios Agios Eleftherios
    This diminutive yet important Byzantine church in Athens is known as the little cathedral.
    Photo by archer10 (Dennis) (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)

  • Akrotiri 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.
    Photo by BluEyedA73 (cc)

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

  • Arch of Hadrian - Athens Arch of Hadrian - Athens
    The Arch of Hadrian is a triumphal gateway in Athens built in the 2nd century AD.
    Photo by darkensiva (cc)

  • Asklepieion Asklepieion
    This well-preserved archaeological site houses the ruins of the birthplace of medicine.
    Photo by *clairity* (cc)

  • Athens Cathedral Athens Cathedral
    Athens Cathedral was built over the course of two decades in the 19th century.
    Photo by Lauren J. (cc)

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

  • Athens War Museum Athens War Museum
    This museum houses an extensive range of exhibits relating to the history of war.

  • Averof Museum Averof Museum
    The most famous Greek warship, the Averof saw action for over 40 years including during the two world wars.
    Photo by Elpidoforos Papanikolopoulos (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)

  • Byzantine Museum 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.
    Photo by Zooey_ (cc)

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

  • Castle of the Knights - Kos 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.
    Photo by Lars Plougmann (cc)

  • Delos Delos
    Delos is the island on which Apollo was said to have been born and an ancient World Heritage site.
    Photo by isawnyu (cc)

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

  • Delphi Archaeological Museum Delphi Archaeological Museum
    This archaeological museum exhibits artefacts from the ancient Greek city of Delphi.
    Photo by Peter Long (cc)

  • 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)

  • Gortyna Gortyna
    Gortyna in Crete was the capital of Crete and Cyrene during the Roman era.
    Photo by skuds (cc)

  • Grandmasters Palace - Rhodes 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.
    Photo by stefanedberg (cc)

  • Hadrian’s Library 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.
    Photo by Abeeeer (cc)

  • Hellenic Parliament 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.
    Photo by Tilemahos (cc)

  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum Heraklion Archaeological Museum
    This archaeological museum tells the story of ancient Crete.
    Photo by Shadowgate (cc)

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

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

  • Kapnikarea Kapnikarea
    Sitting right in the middle of bustling modern streets, Kapnikarea is a beautiful 11th century Byzantine church in Athens.
    Photo by randyc9999 (cc)

  • Kerameikos Kerameikos
    One of the more hidden historic sites of Greece located in Athens, Kerameikos was the site of an important ancient burial ground.
    Photo by dynamosquito (cc)

  • Kos Ancient Agora Kos Ancient Agora
    This ancient agora contains a series of ruins dating from the 4th century BC to the 6th century AD.
    Photo by bazylek100 [away] (cc)

  • Lappa Fulling Mill 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.

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

  • Meteora 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.
    Photo by Neil and Kathy Carey (cc)

  • Museum of Byzantine Culture - Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture - Thessaloniki
    This museum in Thessaloniki explores the history and heritage of the Byzantine era.

  • Mystras Mystras
    An entire city built around a 13th century castle, Mystras is one of the medieval historical sites of Greece.
    Photo by byrdiegyrl (cc)

  • National Historical Museum National Historical Museum
    The National Historical Museum in Athens covers modern Greek history and folklore between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries.
    Photo by Tilemahos (cc)

  • Nymphaeum of Kos 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 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 Olympia Archaeological Museum
    This is a museum displaying finds from the ancient city of Olympia.

  • 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)

  • Pella 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.

  • Pharsalus Battlefield 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.
    Photo by Evgeni Dinev (cc)

  • Philippi Battlefield 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.
    Photo by wallygrom (cc)

  • Philopappos Monument 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.
    Photo by Abeeeer (cc)

  • Rhodes Archaeological Museum Rhodes Archaeological Museum
    This museum displays mostly Classical and Hellenistic as well as some Archaic artefacts.

  • Roman Agora of Athens Roman Agora of Athens
    This Agora of Athens contains some of the city’s ancient Roman ruins.
    Photo by randyc9999 (cc)

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

  • Temple of Aphaea - Aegina 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.
    Photo by Dennis Jarvis (cc)

  • 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 Olympian Zeus Temple of Olympian Zeus
    With its vast columns, this 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 Greek temple dedicated to the deity of the sea.
    Photo by nouregef (cc)

  • The Acropolis Museum 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.
    Photo by Tilemahos (cc)

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

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

  • The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates
    This monument commemorated first prize in a dramatic performance Lysicrates had sponsored around 335 BCE.

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

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

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

  • Theatre of Herodes Atticus Theatre of Herodes Atticus
    The Theatre of Herodes Atticus is a Roman amphitheatre built in Athens in 161AD.
    Photo by Jorge Lascar (cc)

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

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

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