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Acropolis of Sparta

Last Update: Nov 2013
Archaeological site, Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments, Cultural heritage SPARTI , LACONIA , GREECE
Tel.: +30 27310 28275

Acropolis of Sparta - Overview

  Excavations began at the end of last century under the guidance of American and Greek archaeologists while since 1905 digging has been carried out by the British Archaeological School at Athens. New excavations have begun five years ago, mainly at the area of the theatre and the shops.
  In the period 1960-1965 Prof. Chr. Christou was in charge of the investigations with the financial support of the Greek Archaeological Society. Finally in the period 1992-1995 excavations are being carried out by the British School at Athens.
  History of restoration:
The various monuments on the site have not been restore yet but there is a plan for the drawing and conservation of the ancient theatre with the financial support of the European Union.
  The most important monuments of the site are:
•The temple of Athena Chalkioikos on the top of the Acropolis is defined more by some indications from the excavation rather than by the architectural ruins themselves. The temple, which was constructed on the plans of the architect Vathykles from Magnesia, had its interior decorated with bronze sheets.
•The ancient theatre of Sparta at the south side of the acropolis, is dated to the Early Imperial period. It preserves the orchestra, the retaining walls of the cavea with inscriptions of the rulers of Sparta during Roman times and part of the cavea of the large theatre. The scene was used to be wheeled in metal bars fixed to the ground.
•The so-called circular building of unknown use was built with carefully worked blocks and smaller stones. In Roman time it was repaired and took the form that preserves until today. The ancient building probably played an important role in the city's life (Skias ?).
•Remains of shops just by the ancient theatre were revealed in old and recent excavations conducted by the British Archaeological School at Athens. They were constructed in the Roman Imperial period, using mainly tiles while plaster decorated their interior. They served people attending performances and other kind of shows in the ancient theatre.
•Remains of a large Basilica of the Middle Byzantine period, that has been identified with the Basilica of St. Nikon. It is dated to the 10th century A.D.

Acropolis of Sparta - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 27310 23315, 27310 24359, Fax: 27310 21516
    5th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Sparta

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Archaeological site

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Visiting Information • Free admission • Site always open
Ancient city  
Ancient monuments • Theatre / Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324 • Temples / Archaic period, 700-480 BC
Ancient sanctuary • Sanctuary of Athena
Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments

Art & culture

On site monuments • Churches / Middle Byzantine period, AD 610-1204

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