The Heraion

The Heraion was built 580 BC by the architect Theodoros, in honour of Hera, Zeus’ wife and Godess of the Hearth. Four times larger than the Parthenon (108.73 meters long, 54.8 meters wide and 25 meters high), this is the largest temple ever to be built in Greece. Yet, only one of its 133 columns remains standing today. The entire area at the Heraion was dedicated to religious worship, and the remnants of at least four temples are to be found there, and the temple was connected to a four meter wide tiled (Sacred) road that led to today’s Pythagoreio and which was lined with statues and votive offerings.

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