2022-05-29 Europe: 2022-11-17 09:10 (UTC)

While the location appears to coax only sunbathers and seaside laidbacks, the region (and Greece altogether) offers much more additional features to that. The destination of the daytrip was the first Greek inscription to the UNESCO WH list, the Temple of Apollo Epikourios in 1986. You can find the historical site at 1,131 mts in the late Arcadia — neat cattle meadow, preeminently for asses — region.

Just a 200-years old Hungarian literature argument, no direct attachment. I met with friendly locals so didn't go after to learn more the rather humoresque nature of the Arcadia-debate.

How much should you know about the temple?
Quite a lot. For people in architecture will find interesting that the temple mixes three styles: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. The temple was built up in multiple stages, the earliest signs can be dated back to the 7th century BCE, in the 6th and 5th BCE centuries it was rebuilt at least twice, while the latest form was finished around 420 - 400 BCE by Iktinos, whose name also marks the Parthenon of Athens.

The main building material is grey limestone extracted from the region, but some elements — such as the picked to be stolen 31 mts long Bassae frieze — was carved out of marble. Limestone works well in dry regions and without other religions' lesser affectionate interventions along with the remoteness of the site, possibly such feats helped the temple to survive the centuries. The temple around the time of Pausanias enjoyed good health, since the ancient Greek traveller praised its beauty and symmetrical harmony. Officially the Greek Archaeologist Society started the scientific excavations around 1902-1908, and its successors continue the works nowadays; one of the most important steps of the conservation was the protective tent to slow down the erosion of the soft stone.

For people keen on history and ancient polytheism, then Apollo needs no introduction.

21st century variant: Apollo doesn't need a hyperlink.
The sanctuary dedicated to the god of light was founded by the inhabitants of the close Phigaleia through difficult times. Particularly started in the 7th century BCE when Arcadia struggled with the Spartans, but then Apollo's arrows filled with plague and decay secured their victory. For the outcome and gratitude the Phigaleians founded the temple to his praise and christened with the adjective epikourios, meaning the helper. Few centuries later around 429 BCE his admiration was reinforced when the local population survived a lethal disease. In terms of size the temple with its 38.3x14.5 metres dimensions could be considered moderately compact, but along with the previously mentioned Delphoi, Bassae is one among the notable places of worship exclusively dedicated to Apollo.

For anyone else — nice excursions in the countryside of the Peloponnese (there are multiple hiking trails) and neat little towns next to the road with usually good Greek coffee. For anyone else, there's always a road back to the beach.

Pleasant mountainous-hilly landscape, especially with a departure at half past seven nice climate. One should pay attention to the roads, because they are narrow, serpentine and winding, often happens that a chicane takes you steeply to the above floor — to behind the trees and bushes invisible from under.

A well-known Greek meal

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