Best UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece 2020

There are plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece. April 18th is the World Heritage Sites Day, and it is a celebration of Cultural Heritage.

Greece -as the cradle of Western civilization- also has to exhibit a good number of them.

Let’s have a look at these marvels.

The links will guide you to even more photos and exclusive content for each of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece, along with different things to experience in these areas.

We present one photo per site since the amount you can find for each is vast.

Acropolis of Athens and its Monuments

It stands as a universal symbol for the classical spirit and western civilization (but not limited to that only).

Greek antiquity architects and wisdom delivered these marvels to the world, and people flock from all four corners of the world to see them.

You need to read these too: Day Trips From Athens, Best Things to Do in Athens.

Unesco World Heritage Parthenon - UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece
Unesco World Heritage Parthenon. Photo by Martin Pilat.

The Archaeological site of Aigai (Vergina)

Known as the first capital of Macedonia and the burial place of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.

Unesco World Heritage Vergina - UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece
Unesco World Heritage Vergina. Royal Macedonian Burial Mound. Photo by Benjamin.

Archaeological Site of Delphi

Delphi is a blend of mythology and Gods, the favorite place of Apollo, of the Pythia and the slain dragon. The navel of the world, according to the myth of Zeus and his eagles.

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Delphi Oracle

Mystras

The castle city of Mystras, also known as the Wonder of Moreas, built by William of Villehardouin and acted as a significant and essential command center.

Mystras Laconia
Mystras Laconia

Olympia

The place Olympic Games were born and hostilities stopped during the festivities. A mystical place where light and fire are born every four years and spread around the world.

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Unesco World Heritage Olympia. Augusto Mia Battaglia.

Mycenae and Tiryns

The locations of Mycenae and Tiryns are filled with Cyclopic and megalithic monuments and cities.

It is the burial place of Agamemnon, who conquered Troy for his beautiful Helen and influenced the birth of stories around the world.

Lions-Gate-Mycenae by Andreas Trepte

Delos

Delos is the birthplace of Apollo and known as a large cosmopolitan small island since ancient times. Hey, it is next to Mykonos, which was not that popular back then.

Unesco World Heritage Delos
Unesco World Heritage Delos. Photo by Chris Beckett.

Medieval City of Rhodes

The marvelous city of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, and the Templar Knights, with the fantastic Gothic-style castle.

Castle of Rhodes
Castle of Rhodes

Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas (St. Lucas) and Nea Moni of Chios

Three religious monuments in 3 different places (Athens, Fokida, Chios) are decorated with marvelous marbles. They are built on a cross-in-square plan with a large dome supported in a way that the whole structure is eventually an octagonal space shape.

Unesco World Heritage Athens Fokida Chios
Unesco World Heritage Athens Fokida Chios. Photos by (left to right): Ilias Katsouras-Athens, Sp!ros (Fokida), Jose Alemañ Asensi-Chios.

Old Town of Corfu

Substantially preserved, the old town of Corfu was built in 8th century BC.

The urban and port complex of Corfu, mainly dominated by its fortresses of Venetian origin, is an architectural example of outstanding universal value in both its authenticity and its integrity.

Unesco World Heritage Corfu
Unesco World Heritage Corfu. Photo by Metrogogo.

Thessaloniki UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece

Thessaloniki is one of the first bases for the spread of Christianity and has numerous churches and monasteries.

Among many of these St Demetrius and St David are considered two of the great masterpieces of early Christian art.

Unesco World Heritage Thessaloniki
Unesco World Heritage Thessaloniki. Photo by Cristina Corti.

Samos UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece

An extraordinary island which is considered the place where Pythagoras lived and taught (after himself being taught around the world), of the temple of Samian Hera, and many more. The island is also amazingly green. Explore Pythagoreion and Heraion.

Samos Greece

Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus

The temple of Asklepios, along with the Tholos and the Theatre, is considered one of the masterpieces of Greek architecture. They date since the 4th century.

The whole site (quite big), is a fantastic source for information for the healing cults of Greek and Roman eras.

Unesco World Heritage Asklepios
Unesco World Heritage Asklepios. By Carole Raddato.

Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

A rather exciting place located in “the middle of nowhere,” a mix of different styles, and build with a different orientation. The temple is oriented exactly north, departing from the usual eastern direction.

Unesco World Heritage Apollo Epicurius
Unesco World Heritage Apollo Epicurius. Photo by Olecorre.

Patmos Island, Greece

The historical Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos. A very vibrant religious place visited by hundreds of thousands every year.

It was the place where St John the Theologian wrote his Gospel and the Apocalypse. An incredible monastery has been build, which dominates the top of the island.

Best Things to do in Patmos Island Greece

Meteora

The world-known complex formation of Meteora of huge rocks on top of each one resides a significant number of different monasteries and an excellent place for hiking.

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Meteora

Mount Athos

Also known as “Holy Mountain.” A country by its own and one of the most visited places of Orthodox country leaders of the world where women and children are forbidden.

A visitor can also stay in the monasteries for a few days and follow the monk’s schedule, provided that he has booked for it since there are only a few rooms available.

Mount Athos Greece
Mount Athos, Greece

Conclusion on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece

All these places combine culture, religion, legends and myths, heroes, and Gods, along with amazing locations where the visitor can truly enjoy the spirit of Greece.

Plan and visit them all!

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