Heraion (Sanctuary of Hera) in Perachora, Perachora

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The Heraion of Perachora was a sanctuary of the goddess Hera situated in a small cove of the Corinthian gulf at the end of the Perachora peninsula. In addition to a temple of Hera of unusual construction and antiquity, the remains of a number of other structures have also been found, including a L-shaped stoa, a large cistern, dining rooms, and a second potential temple. The Sanctuary of Hera at Perachora is 14.2km north-northwest of Corinth and 75.9km west of Athens. Although there is debate between Argos, Megara and Corinth, the sanctuary was probably under the control of Corinth, as it faced the harbors of that powerful city across the Corinthian gulf. Cult activity at the site continued from perhaps the 9th century BCE to 146 BCE, when the Roman general Mummius sacked Corinth during the war with the Achaean League. In the Roman period, domestic structures were built on the site, indicating that the area was no longer a sanctuary. This site is significant for the study of the origins of Greek temple architecture and rural cults.Mythology and historyThere is a legend recounted in Euripides that Medea buried her murdered children at a sanctuary of Hera Akraia as she fled from Corinth. This may be a reference to this site. Herodotus tells the story of Periander stripping the clothes off of the Corinthian women at a sanctuary of Hera. In the 1st century CE, the Greek historian Strabo wrote that there was an oracle associated with the sanctuary.
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  • It was our last day and return to Athens we visited the archaeological site of Corinth and on our guide this site was reported to us actually it is very beautiful but apparently c is a den of thieves at the trailer in our car nothing was apparent but they have broken and shipped our 4 suitcases I suspect the Shepherd and accomplices go in naked France we fortunately have our passports inside
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  • Far from other sites, less known this Sanctuary is worth a visit. Very well laid out in a beautiful place to visit this archaeological site located on the beach. Wonderful scenery, a magical break away from the crowd.
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  • Wonderful half day or day. After discovering the Corinth canal, the road takes us to the heights. Halfway Lake vouliagmenis waiting for us. We stop for a drink and swim! Great place. Late in the day, the colors are great. Back on the road to its terminus, the tip of the peninsula. With a little luck you'll come across a shepherd and his goats... continue the walk up to the lighthouse where the view of the famous Creek and golf in general is beautiful. A true paradise. The kids loved imagining that Captain Hook lived there may...
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