5 Famous Ancient Greek Buildings

What do you think if once you hear the word of Greek or Greece? You must be thinking the legendary myths of Gods just like in the movies right? That is right; this is the Greek we are discussing about. Greece main land and Greek islands are very famous in Europe; they are famous for the tourist attractions. Maybe it is because of the factor of the legends and myths that have been the unique character or identity of this country from the legends of gods, from the architects, literature’s, horoscopes, knowledge and so on. Those are has been the tourist attraction of the Greek for years, and make Greek as the one of the favorite holiday destinations in Europe. As for your information, Greek comes in the 15th place of the tourist destinations in the world.  In the late 2000’s Greek has been visited by 10 million people to spend their summer holiday in Greek islands. Greek islands are also famous because of the clean beaches and its long history and legend of course. The one of the most popular sites in Greek is its historical buildings. In architecture view, Greek has many historical buildings that make Greek as the country who has the civilization in the past. Let’s check out about five famous ancient Greek buildings below.

#1. Parthenon

Parthenon

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Parthenon is one of the surviving of the ancient building of Greek, and Parthenon is the most famous of Greek ancient buildings and Parthenon is one of the famous buildings in this world. Parthenon has stood over than 2500 years before and according to the experts of the architecture, Parthenon is the Acropolis of Athens and it was built to the goddess that named Athena for the salvation of Athens and Greece during the Persian wars. Once you there, you can see the surviving history by the reliefs on the wall or from its architecture.

#2. Temple of Hephaestus

Temple of Hephaestus

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Greek is famous for its myths and gods, they built the buildings as the temple of certain gods, and Temple of Hephaestus is one of the surviving ancient buildings in Greek. Hephaestus is a god of volcanoes and metalworking. Temple of Hephaestus predicted was begun in 449 before century, just two years before the Parthenon was built. It is a unique experience once you get there; you can come inside the temple and enjoy the building architectures and study about the famous myths and gods legend of Greek.

#3. Sanctuary of Apollo

Sanctuary of Apollo

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Located in the center Greece scenery, Delphi, Sanctuary of Apollo is one of the important sites and one of the sacred sites in Greek legend. Sanctuary of Apollo was built in 1500 before century, and that makes it more sacred and important is because Sanctuary of Apollo is the home of the famous gods named Oracle. In the Greek myth and legend, literally, Delphi was the center of the world. According to the myth, Zeus released two eagles from the opposite ends of the earth, and then those birds met in Delphi. And this site was the temple of the Apollo, who found Delphi and became the Oracle of Delphi.

#4. Temple of Olympian Zeus

Temple of Olympian Zeus

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The story behind the Temple of Olympian Zeus was built in the 6th century by Peisistratus and it was stopped because of the money crisis at that time by the Peisistratus’ son, named Heppias. And Temple of Olympian Zeus was finished in 131 AD by the Emperor Hadrain in seven hundred years later. Today condition of the Temple of Olympian Zeus only remains the pillars of the temple and some pillar is laid on the ground because of the earth quake during the medieval period, and some say it is because of the war that destroyed Temple of Olympian Zeus.

#5. Erechtheum

Erechtheum

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Erechtheum was built in 420 to 406 before century, and the design was done by the architects Philokles and Archilochos in around of the 406 before century. Erechtheum originally was the palace of Greek mythical king; Erechtheus I. the architect design of the temple combined the complex architectural form of several ancient figures of gods and heroes in Greek myth. And just like the other myths of Greek, inside the Erechtheum temple, once there was a holy snake of Athens who was believed was lived inside the temple.

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