Ancient Greek Temples are some of the most iconic historic sites in the world. Indeed, any ancient Greek temple list would include some of the best known historical places on the planet. There is probably no better example of ancient Greek architecture and civilisation than those Greek temples of the world which have survived through the ages.
Built not as places of mass worship, but rather as homes for the deities, Greek temples were symbols of a Greek city’s status, culture and achievement. Though the earliest ancient Greek temples would have been made of wood or mud brick, by around the 6th century BC the stone and marble structures which have come to epitomise these temples began to appear, with the best examples – such as the Parthenon – being built in the 5th century BC.
In terms of architecture, ancient Greek temples were square buildings with an external colonnade running around the outside. Over time the style of these columns changed, giving three distinctive architectural periods: the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. Inside each temple would have been a statue of the deity, often vastly ornate, with the most famous becoming world renowned – such as the statue of Zeus at Olympia.
Today the list of surviving Greek temples is longer than you may imagine, with Greek temples appearing not just in Greece itself, but throughout the Mediterranean. You can explore our ancient Greek temples map above or check out the list of these ancient temples below. Click on each entry for more details and visitor information.
Definitely deserving a place on any ancient Greek temples list, the Valley of the Temples contains the very well-preserved remains of several temples including the fifth century BC Temple of Concorde.
By far and away the most famous of all Greek temples, the Parthenon in the centre of Athens is a monument to Classical Greek civilisation.
Ranked among the best preserved ancient Greek temples in the world, Paestum in Italy contains the spectacular remains of the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Neptune and the Temple of Ceres.
Said to be the birthplace of medicine, Asklepieion was an ancient Greek city the ruins of which include Greek temples dedicated to Apollo Maleatas and Asklepios.
A major Greek city, the ruins of Corinth include the remains of the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo and the remaining columns of the Temple of Octavia.
Cyrene in Lybia contains some fascinating ancient Greek temples, including the Temple of Zeus, the great sanctuary of Apollo and the Temple of Artemis.
A UNESCO listed ancient Greek site, Delos contains the remains of the partially preserved Temple of Apollo.
One of the more famous ancient Greek temples is the 4th century BC Temple of Apollo at Delphi, though little remains of this once-sacred place.
Once one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and vital to any Greek temples list, the remains of the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey, are sadly rather poorly preserved.
The ruins of Epidaurus are a UNESCO World Heritage site and include the Temple of Asklepios (also spelt Asclepius) as well as the hill-top sanctuary of Apollo Maleatas.
Histria is thought to be the oldest settlement in Romania and was once a Greek colony. Today you can still find the remains of temples to Aphrodite and Zeus among the ruins.
Laodikeia was an Ancient Greek then Roman city, which contains, among other ruins, the remains od a Greek temple dedicated to Zeus.
Not ranking among the better preserved Greek temples, the foundations of the Temple of Apollo Didymaeus at Miletus can nevertheless still be seen today.
Mycenae is a well-preserved pre-classical Ancient Greek site in the Peloponnese which contains among its ruins the remains of an archaic ancient temple.
The ruins of the famous Greek city of Olympia contain two ancient Greek temples, the Temple of Hera and the Temple of Zeus.
Once a thriving ancient Greek then Roman city, Pergamum’s ruins include famous sites such as its Asclepion temple, theatre and library.
Priene contains the remains of the Greek Temple of Athena which was funded by Alexander the Great, as well as a number of other fascinating historical remains.
One of the most impressive Greek temples to visit, the ruins of the city of Segesta contains the famous 5th century BC incomplete, but very well-preserved, Temple of Segesta.
Containing the remains of a number of stunning ancient Greek temples Selinunte includes the particularly well preserved The Temple of Hera.
The Syracuse Archaeological Site contains the remains of two ancient Greek temples, the Temple of Athena and the Temple of Apollo.
The ancient Temple of Aphaea on the island of Aegina is one of the most important and picturesque temples in Greece.
Arguably better preserved than its more famous Athenian neighbour, the Parthenon, the Temple of Hephaestus is an extremely impressive ancient Greek temple and one of the best Greek temples of the world.
Once the largest temple in Greece, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is now but a shadow of its former self with only a few standing columns surviving.
A picturesque ruin of a fifth century BC Greek temple, the Temple of Poseidon of Sounio was dedicated to the deity of the sea.
One of several Greek temples on the Acropolis in Athens, the Erechtheion has survived in reasonably good condition.
One of the lesser known Greek temples, the Serapeum was a magnificent ancient temple and library complex in Alexandria of which little remains today.