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Below is an illustrated index of the 19 Greek sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.

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  • Agrigento Temples
    Agrigento, Italy
    Agrigento in Sicily is home to eight ancient Greek temples from the 6th and 5th centuries BC. Located just south of the modern city, the temples are nestled among olive trees on a ridge near the sea.
  • Serapeum
    Alexandria, Egypt
    Very little remains of the great Temple of Serapis, the most important sacred site in ancient Alexandria. It was infamously destroyed by Bishop Theophilus in 391 AD.
  • Aphrodisias
    Aphrodisias is one of the oldest sacred sites in Turkey, dedicated first to the ancient Mother Goddess and then the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
  • Erechtheion
    Athens, Greece
    Famed for its Caryatid Porch, this beautiful temple on the Acropolis honors Erechtheus, a legendary king of Athens, as well as the great Greek gods Poseidon and Athena.
  • Temple of Athena Nike
    Athens, Greece
    Dedicated to Victorious Athena, this elegant and beautifully proportioned Ionic temple was built in 427 BC. It is currently undergoing a major reconstruction.
  • Temple of Hephaestus
    Athens, Greece
    This fine Doric temple was built just two years before the Parthenon, dedicated to the god of volcanoes and metalworking.
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Athens, Greece
    Finally completed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian after centuries of construction, this was one of the largest temples in the ancient world.
  • Corinth
    Corinth, Greece
    Located 48 miles west of Athens, Corinth was an important Greek city that also played a prominent role in the life of the Apostle Paul. Ruins include Temples of Apollo, Aphrodite and Octavia.
  • Delos
    Delos, Greece
    Delos was a major sacred site in ancient Greece, second only to Delphi. A short boat ride from the island of Mykonos, the ruins of Delos include a variety of ancient temples and shrines.
  • Didyma
    Western Anatolia, Turkey
    One of the most sacred cities in the ancient Greek world, Didyma had an oracle of Apollo that rivaled Delphi. Today, its massive Temple of Apollo is still majestic in ruins.
  • Temple of Artemis
    Ephesus, Turkey
    In ancient times it was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but today the Temple of Artemis is represented by a single column standing in a swamp.
  • Hierapolis
    Believed to have been founded by Apollo, Hierapolis was the site of sacred hot springs associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. The city had a significant Jewish community and was mentioned by Paul in Colossians.
  • Miletus
  • Paestum Archaeological Museum
    Paestum, Italy
    Located next to the Greek temples, this excellent museum displays Greek and Roman artifacts from the Paestum area. Its most famous exhibits are rare Greek tomb frescoes from the 5th and 4th centuries BC.
  • Sanctuary of Aphrodite (Palea Paphos)
    Paphos, Cyprus
    In the ancient Greek world, Palea Paphos was an important pilgrimage center due to its Sanctuary of Aphrodite. Today, unfortunately, virtually all that remains is the holy ground itself.
  • Zeus Altar
    Pergamum, Turkey
    The Zeus Altar was constructed by Eumenes II (d.159 BC) as a memorial of his victory against the Galatians. The altar is now in Berlin's Pergamon Museum, but the original site provides a sense of the altar's size and spectacular location.
  • Philippi
    Macedonia, Greece
    Philippi is a city in eastern Macedonia founded by Philip II in 356 BC. It was visited by the Apostle Paul during his missionary journeys and was the recipient of one of his biblical letters.
  • 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.
  • Temple of Poseidon at Soúnio
    Soúnio, Greece
    Overlooking the sea from atop the sheer cliffs of Cape Sounion, the Temple of Poseidon was built in 444 BC for the god of the sea.