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Heraion of Perachora



Destination type:

Archaeological site


The Heraion of Perachora is situated on the Perachora Peninsula, which extends into the Gulf of Corinth. It is located approximately 15 kilometers northeast of the town of Loutraki in the Corinthia region of the Peloponnese, Greece.

History: The sanctuary dates back to the Archaic period, with its construction believed to have started in the 6th century BCE. It remained in use until the Roman times. The site was dedicated to the worship of Hera, the queen of the gods in Greek mythology and the wife of Zeus.

Archaeological Features: The Heraion of Perachora consists of several archaeological remains, including a Doric temple, an altar, a stoa (covered walkway), a fountain house, and a sacred spring. The temple, which is the central feature of the sanctuary, was built in the 6th century BCE and underwent modifications in subsequent centuries.

Sacred Spring and Cave: One of the notable features of the Heraion is a freshwater spring located within the sanctuary. The spring was considered sacred to Hera and was likely used in religious rituals. Nearby, there is also a cave associated with the cult of Hera.

Excavations and Research: The Heraion of Perachora has been the subject of archaeological excavations and research since the 19th century. These investigations have provided valuable insights into ancient Greek religious practices, architecture, and art.

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