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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  • August 10, 2017
    Really very nice view that combines sea and mountain ancient worth the visit if you happen to be in the area
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  • July 30, 2017
    I'm back at an interval of 30 years in this small Cove. The remembrance was rewarded: the remains of the ancient temple are easily accessible from the parking lot with a smooth trail of 5 minutes. Under the ruins a Cove of transparent water. The dip from the rock to the right (easy) and, with a bit of courage from top rock that closes the Bay to the right. The site is 3 minutes away by car from laguna Vouliagmeni, direction faro (where the road ends)
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  • July 25, 2017
    An archaeological site on the sea with breathtaking views from all sides, a 5-minute drive from the beaches of Lake Vouliagmeni Lake. Small beach with crystal clear water where with a little luck you can find some local fisherman, small Orthodox Church behind (explored), ancient remains with free access. An easy path to the caletta effortlessly, explanatory signs in English explain what are the various parts of the archaeological site. Beautiful place where you can feel an incredible peace. Unforgettable
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