17 Greek monuments selected by UNESCO

World Heritage Committee, better known as UNESCO, through the World Heritage Program aimes at cataloging, naming and maintenance fields of great cultural or natural importance to the cultural heritage of humanity. Since 1972 when the program started, the list has 911 selected monuments and sites. These include 704 cultural, 180 natural and 27 mixed sites in 151 countries. Since 2010, the World Heritage Convention is ratified by 187 states. The first Greek recording was made in 1986 and then followed 16 more.

Epicurean Apollo temple - Vasses

Hidden in the steep mountains of Arcadia, at an altitude of 1130 meters, stands proudly the temple of Epicurean Apollo. Manufacturer is deemed Iktinos, who along with Kallikratis designed Athens Parthenon.


The archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens was incorporated in the list in 1987 and apart from the Parthenon includes the Propylaea, the Erechtheion and the temple of Athena.


The sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo was given, was considered the center of the earth and during the 6th century, was a religious center and a symbol of unity of the ancient world. UNESCO included it in its list in 1987 as "a religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world."

Sanctuary of Asklipios in Epidaurus

It is the archaeological site where the worship of Asklipios started at the 6th century. The archaeological site of Epidaurus has also many other sites like the theater which is considered a masterpiece of Greek architecture.

Mount Athos

It is a cultural center since 1054, and the  layout of its monasteries has influenced monasteries in every single corner of Europe. Also the iconography school has significantly influenced the history of Orthodox art. Joined the list of UNESCO in 1988.


Meteora joined the list in 1988 for many reasons. Just two of them are, the inaccessible area on the tops of steep cliffs where are built the 24 monasteries, and the frescoes, which date from the 16th century.

Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki

Christian monuments and pre-Christian temples and churches  of the 4th until the 15th century. Rotonda, the church of Acheiropiitos, the Church of Hosios David, the church of Hagia Sophia, the church of the Prophet Elijah and the Byzantine walls of Thessaloniki are soem of the sites significantly affected the Byzantine world therefore are part of the UNESCO list, since 1988.

Old town of Rhodes

It was the stronghold of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem from 1309 to 1523. Joined the list as "one of the most beautiful cities of the Gothic period."

Ancient Olympia

The archaeological site of Olympia is located in a valley in the Peloponnese and the findings prove that the are was inhabited since the prehistoric period. It was the center of worship of Zeus but also sports facilities built for the Olympics which were held there, since 776 BC, every four years.


According to Greek mythology, Apollo was born in this small island in the Cyclades. It is influenced by many diferent cultures of the Aegean world, from the 3rd millennium BC to the early Christian era. The archaeological site is exceptionally extensive and rich.

Monasteries of Daphni, Loukas and New Monasterie of Chios

Three monasteries belonging to the same typological series and share the same aesthetic characteristics according with the List of World Heritage, despite the considerable geographical distance.

Pythagorion and Heraion of Samos

The Heraion, the temple of Hera in Samos and Pythagorion, an ancient fortified port are two monuments in Samos added in the list in 1992.


Near Vergina in northern Greece was discovered the first capital of ancient Macedonia, the city Aegae. The most important monuments are the Palace, decorated with frescoes and mosaics, and the cemetery with more than three hundred burials, some of them dating from the 11th century BC

Mycenae and Tiryns

Two majestic monuments of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated in eastern Mediterranean from the 15th to the 12th century BC. Two cities associated with the Homer epics, which influenced European art and literature for more than three millenniums.


The island of Patmos and the old settlement of the country joined the list in 1999 for the Monastery of St. John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse. Patmos is famous as the island where St. John wrote the Gospel and the Apocalypse.

Corfu old town

The two fortresses of Corfu that protected the city added the old town of Corfu in the UNESCO list in 2007. The island is located at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, inhabited since antiquity and bear traces of multiple influence, as mentioned by the UNESCO.

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