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Heraion of Samos, Pythagorion

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One of the most important ancient sanctuaries dedicated to Hera and a World Heritage Site, still contains one of the tall columns built to support the temple's massive roof structure. The alleged birthplace of Hera, the wife and sister of Greek God Zeus, the site once provided the setting for an annual festival celebrated in honor of the goddess of marriage and the family. The single column still standing provides an ideal backdrop for snapshots of the history-steeped landscape. Round off your visit by exploring nearby Pythagoreion, an ancient city filled with Greek and Roman monuments. Using our custom trip planner, Samos attractions like Heraion of Samos can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Where to stay in Samos

Lots of visitors to Samos flock to the beachfront hotels, offering spacious rooms packed with modern amenities. These popular accommodations fill up quickly, so book early to ensure you get a room with a view or balcony overlooking the sea. The island's eponymous capital offers the greatest variety of affordable lodgings, but it also draws the biggest crowds. Escape the bustle by exploring the island's small villages, where many locals rent out self-catering apartments with fully equipped kitchens, secure parking, free Wi-Fi, and access to private outdoor spaces.
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  • This was the most important temple on ancient Samos, dedicated to Hera, the patron goddess of the island. One enormous pillar remains standing to give you a sense of the scale, but there are very exte...  more »
  • A very scenic setting spent an enjoyable morning exploring the site. An added bonus for us was the abundance of birds and butterflies.  more »
  • One of the archaeological sites in Greece which is quite unknown but which deserves to get as known as any other famous site in Greece... In order to appreciate the site, guidance is recomended.  more »
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  • The grounds are extensive. The site is difficult to find and a lot of the ruins are covered with plant growth. The information placards are strangely places and are faded.
  • The maintenance of such an ancient and historical unique place is very poor. Unfortunately, this has affected our experience negatively.
  • Very interesting to see. But it is a pity how nature gets it all back. Nobody seems to care.
  • I would love to see this place
  • Lots of ancient history, by the sea. A relaxing tour.