Bassae (Vasses)

Another almost equally important ancient site in Greece is Bassae, where the Temple of Apollo Epicurus (Epikourios) lies. The temple is relatively well preserved but in danger of disintegrating due to the unstable ground underneath, which is why it is kept under a huge tent to protect it while under restoration. It was designed by Iktinos, the same architect who designed the Parthenon, and completed in 420 BC. The temple was dedicated to Apollo after he was considered to have saved the inhabitants of the area from an epidemic. Built at an altitude of 1131 meters, he temple is considered a great example of one that glorified the three styles of architecture during that era (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian).


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