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Classical Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 14 Classical sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Greco-Roman Museum
    Alexandria, Egypt
    Founded in 1892, the Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria attractively displays a collection of classical artifacts from Alexandria and elsewhere in Egypt.
  • Santa Maria sopra Minerva
    Assisi, Italy
    This Baroque church incorporates the original classical facade of the Temple of Minerva, dating from the time of Christ.
  • St. Stephen's Basilica
    Budapest, Hungary
    Named for Hungary's first Christian king, this is the largest church in Hungary. Inside, the Chapel of the Holy Right contains Hungary's most prized sacred relic: Stephen's right hand.
  • Library of Celsus
    Ephesus, Turkey
    The facade of the Library of Celsus is one of the most spectacular sights in Ephesus. Built by a Roman in memory of his father, it faces east so the reading rooms receive the morning light.
  • Temple of Hadrian
    Ephesus, Turkey
    This attractive Roman imperial temple was constructed in 118 AD and reconstructed in the fifth century. Its tympanum bears an interesting frieze that may depict Medusa.
  • Theater
    Ephesus, Turkey
    This magnificent classical theater is considered an important biblical site: the probable place where Paul preached to the pagans in Acts. It is still in use and can seat thousands.
  • Templo de Diana (Roman Temple)
    Evora, Portugal
    Located in the city center, this 1st-century Roman temple with delicate Corinthian columns remains remarkably intact.
  • Jerash
    Jordan
    Dubbed the "Pompeii of the East," Jerash is a ruined Greco-Roman city 80 miles north of Amman. The impressive ruins include Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Muslim buildings.
  • Temple of Demeter
    Naxos Island, Greece
    Demeter was a grain goddess, and it's not hard to see what she is doing in this beautiful spot among farmlands on Naxos Island. The temple dates from the 6th-century BC.
  • Palmyra
    Syria
    Palmyra was once a great and powerful Roman city, as its impressive ruins attest. Substantial ruins of temples to Bel and Baal can be seen here.
  • Pantheon
    Rome, Italy
    This magnificent ancient temple was built by Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD and converted into a church in 609. It is the oldest intact ancient building in Rome.
  • Temple of Castor and Pollux
    Rome, Italy
    This ancient Roman temple was founded in 484 BC but rebuilt in 6 AD. Today the podium, three columns and an architrave stand in the Imperial Forum.
  • Temple of Saturn
    Rome, Italy
    The focus of the Saturnalia festival, the Temple of Saturn in the Forum was erected in 497 BC and rebuilt in 380 AD.
  • Temple of Apollo
    Siracusa, Italy
    Dating from the 6th century BC, this is the oldest Doric temple in western Europe. Subsequently used as a church and a mosque, it now lies in ruins on the island of Ortygia.