10 Reasons Every Architect Should Visit Greece

Greece is home to the most influential heritage and architecture in the world. The country, known as the cradle of Western civilization, is full of hidden treasures. From Greek mythology to ancient architecture, Greece is a destination on every architect’s list, history buffs and travellers.



The medieval towns, centuries-old monuments and numerous temples of Greece are a must-see for any budding architect or designer. Here are 10 reasons why Greece is a must visit for all architects.

ten White Tower of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki’s White Tower has become a major tourist attraction over the years. The architects marvel at the tower’s Ottoman architecture which is a product of mosaic floors and brick, stone and plaster walls. Fascinating artifacts inside the museums include wall paintings, displays of Byzantine culture, and archaeological artifacts. Of course, history buffs can’t get enough of the tower’s rich history, as the monument once served as a fort housing the air defense forces of Thessaloniki.

  • Location:
    Thessaloniki

  • Business hours :
    8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., daily

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9 The Parthenon at the Acropolis

The Parthenon is another huge monument that attracts tourists planning a vacation in Greece. Once dedicated to the goddess Athena, architects can now feel like royalty as they stroll around the magnificent monument. This piece of architecture has a rich meaning, from serving as a religious center to being a symbol of power and prosperity.

  • Location:
    Temple of the Acropolis, Athens

  • Business hours :
    Open 24/7

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8 The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens

The spectacular cathedral was founded on Christmas Day 1842 and lasted 20 years, thanks to the exemplary work of three chief architects of Athens. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, also known as Metropolis, is made of marble taken from 72 demolished churches all over Greece. The cathedral houses three tombs of saints executed during the reign of King Otto and is surrounded by several statues that are worth photographing alongside.

  • Location:
    Athens

  • Business hours :
    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily

seven The city of Delphi

Delphi, an ancient sanctuary with breathtaking views, is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological sites besides the Acropolis. Architects and history buffs can delve into the myths of the mysterious shrine, known as the Navel of the Earth. Delphi is also home to the Temple of Apollo, the Tholos, and the Greek-themed Pythian Games.

  • Location:
    Phocis

  • Business hours :
    Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

6 Epidaurus Theater

The Hellenistic atmosphere of this marvelous theater is every architect’s paradise. In ancient Greece, the great theater of Epidaurus hosted festivals and sports in the worship of the god of medicine, Asclepius. Its capacity is estimated at 13,000 to 14,000 spectators. The theater has an expansive stage, auditorium, and orchestra ground, making it one of the flawless acoustic theaters in the world.

  • Location:
    Epidaurus

  • Business hours :
    Winter 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., summer 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


5 Mystras

Mystras is an exciting cocktail of Greek architecture and Western-style design. The city has renovated churches and palaces that make it look like a city of ancient castles. Mystras is nestled in the ranges of Mount Taygetos, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to Byzantine houses and medieval-looking streets for architects to admire. Mystras is also home to beautiful villages like Neos and Trypi which tell the story of fascinating Byzantine culture and architecture.

  • Location:
    Peloponnese

  • Business hours :
    8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., daily

4 Palace of Knossos

Known as the center of Minoan civilization, the Palace of Knossos is another product of ancient Greek architecture. The archaeological site is still teeming with history buffs and architects, all trying to understand the awe-inspiring myths and legends dating back to the Neolithic period. King Mino’s throne, which dates back to 1500 BC. sits prominently inside the well-preserved ruins of the palace.

  • Location:
    Crete

  • Business hours :
    Between

    8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., daily

3 Temple of Hephaestus

The ancient Temple of Hephaestus is a tourist attraction that makes visitors not want to leave. The monument boasted of a mixture of classical and Doric architecture and was designed by one of the most talented architects, Iktinus. Doric columns with lavish decorations captivate the hearts of image lovers. Additionally, the temple served as a place of worship for two deities, Hephaestus and Athena.

  • Location:
    Athens

  • Business hours :
    8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., daily

2 Rhodes

When it comes to well-preserved medieval towns around the world, Rhodes tops the list. Conquered and inhabited by the Turks, Romans and Italians, the city is a hotbed of architectural ideas left by the three cultures. As a result, the city features stunning monuments like the Muslim Library and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a prime example of Gothic architecture.

  • Location:
    South Aegean

  • Business hours :
    9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday

1 Stoa of Attalos

Stoa means a closed passage, and King Attalus II built the architectural marvel as a gift to the people for the education they received from the city under the philosopher Carneades. The building is a mix of Greek and Doric architecture and served as the largest trading center until 267 AD when it was destroyed. Recently renovated in 1956, Stoa of Attalos is now a famous archaeological museum that attracts tourists every year.

  • Location:
    Agora, Athens

  • Business hours :
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily

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