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Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

Peloponnese, West Greece and Ionian Sea, Peloponnese, West Greece and Ionian Sea, Greece

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24 Nov 2020

About Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

The Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, also known simply at the Temple of Bassae, is not just beautifully preserved, but is often said to be one of the best examples of its kind in the Peloponnese. Built sometimes from the middle to end of the 5th Century (estimates range from 450-400 BC), the magnificent Temple of Apollo Epicurius is the highlight of the site of the former sanctuary of Bassae and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right.

Set amidst the rocky, mountainous and quite remote location, the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae is oft praised for its unique blend of styles and has been linked – albeit not confirmed – to the famed architect Ictinos (Iktinos). The entire Temple of Bassae is now in a covered tent-like structure and contains many wonderful architectural features.

A frieze from the Temple of Apollo Epicurius can be found at the British Museum.

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