Unesco Heritage Monuments
Cultural Monuments in Greece: The 18 sites inscripted as World Heritage Sites by Unesco
7. Patmos island: Historic Center, the Monastery of Saint John and the Cave of Apocalypse. Patmos composes a historic monument for Christianity since it is the island where Saint John composed the Book of Apocalypse. The monastery was built in the 11th century. The cave where Saint John lived (allegedly in the 1st century BC), the monastery at the top of the town, as well as the medieval town itself have been characterized as an Unesco monument.
9. Monasteries in Chios island (namely, the three monasteries of Dafne, Saint Lucas and the Modern Monastery of Chios), in Eastern Aegean Sea. They were built around the 10 century AD; the Modern Monastery was built in the 11th century.
10. Ancient sites in Samos island, eastern Aegean Sea. Specifically, the ancient town of Samos, called in our days Pithagorion and the ancient temple of Godess Hera have been declared as Unesco monuments. Located between the trade routes between Europe, Minor Asia and Africa, the ancient island had developed wide recognition as an 'international' center of its era. The port of Samos was the first artificial port in Mediterranean Sea, while the reputation of the Temple of Hera had reached the whole Greece, neighboring Cyprus and Minor Asia, as well as the more distant states in Egypt and Middle East. Many of relevant artifacts are hosted nowadays in the Archeological Museum in Samos
11. Ancient Olympia. Western coast of Peloponnese. This is the cradle of the Ancient Olympic Games, and the venue has gained a unique recognition as a world wide cultural monument.
12. The temple of Apollo, Central Peloponnese. The area has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC; the temple was constructed in the 5th century BC.13. Mystras, in southern Peloponnese. It is an old, abandoned settlement, of houses, towers and temples, built on Taigetos island. It started being built around the 13th century AD, during the Byzantine era.
14. Mount Athos (Agion Oros), Macedonia, Northern Greece.
15. Old Christian and Byzantine monuments in Thessaloniki, Macedonia. Built in various ages, 4th to 10th century AD
16. Meteora monasteries, in Kalambaka, mainland Greece. The sight seeing includes not only the monasteries but also the breath taking, tall rocks that the monasteries are built on. Their construction started in the 10th century.
17. Archeological Site in Vergina, Macedonia, Northern Greece. The site is dedicated to the ancient state of Macedonia, that under the leadership of Great Alexander dominated Greece, Middle East and Asia till India, on the 4th/3rd centuries BC. The discovery of Kings' Tombs in the era of Vergina gave a strong glory to Vergina.
18. Ancient city of Phillipi lies under the modern town of Kavala. Founded in 356 BC by the Macedonian King Philip II, the city developed as a “small Rome” with the establishment of the Roman Empire in the decades following the Battle of Philippi, in 42 BCE.
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