Temple of Apollo Epikourios

Temple of Apollo Epikourios, Skliros

Temple of Apollo Epikourios

Temple of Apollo Epikourios
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Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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An amazing temple site, as large as the Parthenon. Preserved under a vast tent to protect it. Its bold architecture is unique. Must be seen! Delicate columns, and striking internal design originality.
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL642 contributions
Tented Temple in the Mountains
Jul 2021
Finding this temple by driving on windy mountain roads was difficult but trust your iPhone maps program. It'll get you there. The entire enormous temple is covered with huge tent to protect it which makes the viewing of it as a whole about impossible. You can go into the tent and see close-up views and take photos of sections of the very well preserved temple but you're not going to get a feel for the enormity of it as a whole since it's covered. Still very impressive and worth the hunt to find it.
Written 8 October 2021
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surya77
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany389 contributions
'This Temple touched my heart more than any other Ancient Monument'
Sep 2020
Before our drive to Bassae and the Temple of Epikourios Apollon, we were almost put off by comments suggesting a tiring and difficult road trip, leading to a temple in the middle of nowhere, covered by a large tent. Why would one drive all the way to see a 'tented' ancient monument??
Thank God we were not put off!!
The winding, tarmac road lead us through the Arcadian mountains. We loved the view and felt no difficulty or danger. As we drove through Andritsaina we came to a lovely small square, so, we stopped and had a coffee in the shade of an over 500yr old Platanos tree. Next to us ran the water from the oldest fountain of the Peloponnese.
The road up to the Ancient Site of Bassae was just as pleasant. Then , suddenly, around a corner, there on the hill, stood the covered Temple of Apollo. I can only imagine what a sight that must have been for visitors before 1987, when it was not covered by the huge tent.
It's remoteness and isolation is part of it's wonder and beauty. How those magnificent columns stood the test of time, againsts all elements for 2500 yrs is a wonder indeed.
The Temple was build in the 5th century BC and was the first Ancient Monument in Greece to be included in the World Heritage List in 1986. A year later the tent was put up.
It may sound strange and off putting to visit a monument that is so covered but, for me, this made no difference. As I walked by the columns and sat quietly beside them, I was deeply touched. So much so that I really started to cry. The energy is very very special.
So, I highly recommend that if you take the road to Bassae and allow that beauty and magic to touch your hearts , too.
Written 3 November 2020
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Alex H
Milan, Italy1,687 contributions
Classical Architecture on board of classic cars
Oct 2020
We arrived to this amazing temple driving our classic Jaguars on panoramic winding roads. Most of our cars are built between 1950 and 1960 so the road is more than perfect for any modern car. The view and the site were enchanting.
It is impressing that in the 5th century BC (420-400 BC) the Phigaleians dedicated this temple to Apollo Epicurius ( the therapist) because they believed the God of Sun and Healing had protected them from plague and invasion.
Probably with Covid we have the same problems again nowadays and this visit wearing masks will help us too!
Written 8 October 2020
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Ilias Kolas
Kakovatos, Greece7 contributions
Difficult Road
Aug 2020 • Family
I went with my family . I was curious to see how this temple looked like but i am not satisfied. The road was very difficult and why not dangerous. The temple is nothing extraordinary. I would better go 2 times in Ancient Olympia then one time in this temple.
I will not go a 2nd time here. I wouldn't recommend you to make the journey to it except if you are a historian.
Written 12 August 2020
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WainwrightPandM
21 contributions
Unforgettable
Aug 2019
Absolutely wonderful temple in a wild and remote situation. Yes, it is shielded by a giant tent (also a rather amazing structure) and it will be even better when they finally unveil it though that day looks to be far off. But you get up close to the marvellous pillars and the sort-of builders' yard of bits and pieces in the open air is fascinating it seemed to be open more than the official times when we were there. The taverna in Andritsaina is a nice to spot to have a meal before or after visiting. This really is in the super-league of ancient monuments in Greece
Written 22 September 2019
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traveller1959
Schluchsee, Germany2,890 contributions
Is a giant tent worth the trip?
Sep 2019
This temple was built by the ancient people of Figaleia when Apollo showed them a herb that grew here, on this mountain, and that protected them from the plague (what kind of herb it was is unknown till today). Once, the temple was of perfect beauty, also because of its splendid location in the mountains.

But the foundations are damaged and the rather leaning columns may collapse if the next earthquake comes. So, they protect the temple under a huge tent and are doing the repair works. In 40 years, they have so far completed 2 pairs of columns (from 15), so you can expect it will take hundreds of years to finish the rest of the repair works. In other words, do not expect to see the temple without tent in your lifetime - even if you are pretty young.

I admit, I am an archeology buff. But is it worth to see a temple under a tent? Yes, it has columns of all three styles, but you can see this elsewhere (e.g. in Epidauros). Yes, it is a large temple, but there are more large temples in Athens and Cape Sounion. Yes, it is rather well preserved, but the Temple of Hephaistos in Athens is MUCH better preserved.

In September 2019, you had limited access to the temple. You could go into the tent, but only at the front of the temple. The rest was barred because of the works. That meant, one glimpse, two pictures (with tent and fence and scaffolding in the background) and after a few minutes you are gone.

Think about it if this 5-minute-experience is worth the drive to this rather remote site. Well, we combined it with the Neda waterfalls and for us it was a kind of mountain detour on our way from Koroni to Olympia, but I would really hesitate to recommend it to others. Decide for yourselves.
Written 19 September 2019
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Letao W
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Top recommendation if you like archaeological sites and mythology
Sep 2019
It was a breathtaking experience to visit Temple of Apollo Bassae since I am a big fan of Greek Mythology. The energy there was amazing. The temple it self is well protected under a big tent but you can walk inside and there is also TV guide inside. If you want to see Temple of Apollo, the best one is Delphi, and this one Epikourios is definitely the 2nd in line. I highly recommend.

There is only one thing I would like to point out. We drove from Tripoli to the site and the road was very hard to drive. I think the government must make it easier for people to visit. It was not a long distance if you check it on the map but the road was very bumpy a big part of it is unpaved!) and it surely slowed us down a lot.
Written 15 September 2019
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Pandy D
Sydney, Australia772 contributions
Amazing temple being preserved & repaired
Jul 2019 • Couples
Temple of Apollo Epikourios, Archaeological site Bassae, it’s in a very remote part of Ichalia and a challenging drive from the coast, with constant hair-pin bends most of the way. The temple is amazing and being preserved and repaired under a huge canopy. It’s about a 1hr drive from the coast. Ichalia, Peloponnese, Greece #TempleofApolloEpikourios #ArchaeologicalSiteBassae #Ichalia #Peloponnese #Greece
Written 12 September 2019
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ArisB
Athens, Greece64 contributions
If you haven’t been there you have to!!!
May 2019 • Couples
The temple by itself is compared with the Parthenon in Athens! Since you are heading South in Peloponnese you need to drive up there! Worths every second!
Written 9 June 2019
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skonix
Central Greece, Greece35 contributions
Possibly the most interesting ancient temple in Greece
Jun 2018 • Friends
Being the first ancient Greek temple to be listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites (even before the Acropolis and the Parthenon), the temple of Apollo is the finest preserved ancient temple in Greece. It is possibly the only temple to feature all architectural styles (Korinthian, Ionic and Doric)
Written 21 May 2019
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