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Heraion of Samos

Last Update: Nov 2013
Archaeological site, Cultural heritage HERAION , SAMOS , GREECE
Tel.: +30 22730 95277, 62811, 62813 , Fax: +30 22730 61370
Opening hours:
01Jun - 31Oct Mon-Sun, 0800-1500
01Nov - 31May Mon-Sun, 0900-1600

Heraion of Samos - Photo Gallery

Heraion of Samos - Overview

The great Temple of Hera (Heraion) had its origins in the 8th century BC, when it was the first Greek temple to be surrounded by a peristyle of columns; its 7th-century successor was also innovatory in that it was the first temple to have a double row of columns across the front. These were both surpassed by the temple begun around 570 BC by Rhoecus and Theodorus, who built a colossal structure measuring some 45 m by 80 m, the earliest in the new Ionic order. It was supported by at least 100 columns, whose moulded bases were turned on a lathe designed by Theodorus. Thirty years later this temple was destroyed in a Persian raid and a replacement was planned on an even vaster scale, but it was never to be completed. The complex around the Heraion includes altars, smaller temples, stoas, and statue bases, all located inside the sanctuary, along with the remains of a 5th-century Christian basilica. The temple is fundamental to an understanding of classical architecture. The stylistic and structural innovations in each of its successive phases strongly influenced the design of temples and public buildings throughout the Greek world.

Heraion of Samos - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 210 3250148, 210 3310966, Fax: 210 3215897
    21st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Athens

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Archaeological site

Art & culture

Cultural Heritage • World Heritage Monument (UNESCO)
Visiting Information • Admission fee • Fixed hours • Organized archeological site
Ancient monuments • Houses / Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324 • Altars / Archaic Hellenism, 1050-479 BC • Temples / Archaic period, 700-480 BC / Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324
Ancient sanctuary • Sanctuary of Hera

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