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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  • Great Sunday stroll among the ancient, the lighthouse, the nature and the sea! Take your time and sit on the bench facing the Sea you will reflect this unique picture in mind. If you choose one day winter day dress well.
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  • The modest sanctuary of Hera in the small Bay. Old gods no longer pray, so now it's just a point of interest. Came here a couple of times, once just to see another time with a picnic. Picnic turned out skomkannym, because sbezhalos' package rustle pieces twenty cats. Swim here cool beach breaks off into the abyss of literally ten meters from the water's edge. Along the cliffs of darkness fish.
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  • The archaeological site is in itself very worth seeing, because extensive, fairly well preserved, and it covers various historic periods. In addition of course the unique location by the sea, with a small natural harbour. Here there are not so many times, expect virtually swim surrounded by historical -!
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