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Temple of Apollon Epicurius – Andritsena – Saint Theodora church

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10 - 11 hours

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Unlimited

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Overview

Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae : This famous temple to the god of healing and the sun was built towards the middle of the 5th century B.C. in the lonely heights of the Arcadian mountains. The temple, which has the oldest Corinthian capital yet found, combines the Archaic style and the serenity of the Doric style with some daring architectural features.
The columned temple of Apollo Epicurius rises majestically within the sanctuary of Bassae in the mountains of Arkadia. It is one of the best-preserved monuments of classical antiquity and an evocative and poignant testament to classical Greek architecture. It is highly significant for its architectural features and influence.
The temple was built at the height of the Greek civilization in the second half of the 5th century BC (420-400 BC). It was dedicated to Apollo Epicurius by the Phigaleians, who believed the god of sun and healing had protected them from plague and invasion. In 174 AD the ancient traveller Pausanias admired the beauty and harmony of the temple and attributed it to Iktinos, the architect of the Parthenon.
The temple appears to have been forgotten for almost 1700 years until it was rediscovered in the 18th century and attracted intense interest from scholars and artists. The isolation of the site ensured many significant features survived largely intact. The temple is one of the earliest post-Parthenonian edifices and the earliest monument in which all three ancient Greek architectural orders – Doric, Ionic and Corinthian – are found together. It also included the earliest surviving Corinthian column capital. The temple further exhibits a number of bold and innovative architectural designs that mark a turning point in the development of temple-building. Through a series of ingenious devices, the architect successfully balanced contrasting elements and blended the old with the new, contributing to the unique architectural and artistic value of the monument.

Andritsena is a renowned village of Ilia, with stone built houses and alleys, traditional cafes under the platans as well as the wonderful view of the neighboring villages of Gortinia. Andritsena, built amphitheatrically on the eastern slopes of Minthi, appears with this name since 900 AD. Its history includes conquerors, revolutions, wars and disasters. However, since the early 18th century, it began to grow and soon became a notable trading and cultural center. The School of Andritsena operated since 1796, one of the oldest centers of spiritual evolution in modern Hellenism. In the center of the town lies the picturesque square with the towering platans and a magnificent view. Located right across the square, “Trani Vrysi”, which cools the passers-by since 1724, is the oldest dated drinking fountain in Peloponnese. Maintaining the aura of its old glamour and featuring meticulous tourist infrastructures, Andritsena is an ideal destination for mountain vacation. In this historic stone built town, you can have a cup of coffee under the platans, enjoy the wonderful view, and visit the Folkloric Museum.

The holy and glorious Virgin-martyr Theodora of Vasta, Arcadia, Megalopolis, of the Peloponnese in Greece, is commemorated by the Greek Orthodox Church on September 11.This small chapel supports 17 large trees that emerge from the roof and the walls of the chapel. Each tree weighs close to a tonne and stands over 20 metres high. For hundreds of years, the roots have not been visible. Locals could not find a scientific explanation for this phenomenon.

Prices / 2 up to 4 persons

  • 85€/person for minimum 2 participants.
  • 85€/Kid age 5+ for 2 participants

Prices / 5 up to 8 persons

  • 75€/person for minimoum 5 participants.
  • 60€/Kid age 5+ for 5 participants

For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the majestic temple dedicated to Apollo Epikourios ("Apollo the helper"), described as the Parthenon of the Peloponnese–one of the monuments of world cultural heritage of UNESCO.
  • The village of Andritsaina which is one of the most traditional and picturesque villages in North Western Peloponnese, "the Lady of Ilia", which combines unique architectural beauty and imposing natural landscape; a village with a long history, it is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of mount Lykaion.
  • The holy and glorious church of Virgin-martyr Theodora of Vasta, Arcadia, Megalopolis, of the Peloponnese in Greece.This small chapel supports 17 large trees that emerge from the roof and the walls of the chapel. Each tree weighs close to a tonne and stands over 20 metres high. For hundreds of years, the roots have not been visible.

Itinerary

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Summary - Program:
Summary - Program:

Morning departure from your hotel at 07:30am for the archeological place of Epikourios Apollonas in North Messinia. One of the most imposing temples in Ancient Greece, designed by the famous architect Iktinos (the architect of Acropolis). The temple of Epikourios Apollonas is the first temple in Greece that has been characterized by the UNESCO in 1986 as the Monument of the Worldwide Heritage.Our next stop is the village of Andritsena, which is a renowned village of Ilia, with stone built houses and alleys, traditional cafes under the platans as well as the wonderful view of the neighboring villages of Gortinia. Andritsena, built amphitheatrically on the eastern slopes of Minthi, appears with this name since 900 AD. Its history includes conquerors, revolutions, wars and disasters. However, since the early 18th century, it began to grow and soon became a notable trading and cultural center. The School of Andritsena operated since 1796, one of the oldest centers of spiritual evolution in modern Hellenism. In the center of the town lies the picturesque square with the towering platans and a magnificent view. Located right across the square, "Trani Vrysi", which cools the passers-by since 1724, is the oldest dated drinking fountain in Peloponnese. Maintaining the aura of its old glamour and featuring meticulous tourist infrastructures, Andritsena is an ideal destination for mountain vacation. In this historic stone built town, you can have a cup of coffee under the platans, enjoy the wonderful view, and visit the Folkloric Museum Free time for photos. Continue the trip to Agia Theodora. This church is “hiding” into a forest full of acorn trees. The magic in this church is the big trees that stands on top of the roof and the small river that is full of water all year around. Return to hotel about 19:30-20:00.

Suggested equipment taking with you:
Suggested equipment taking with you:

Comfortable casual shoes - clothing.
Hat.
Backpack.
Bottle of water.
Sunglasses.
Sunscreen especially during summer period.

Meeting points and departure time :
Meeting points and departure time :

Start point: Nedontos street 79, Kalamata (Next to main square). Departure time 07:30am.

Pick-up points: from all hotels of city of Kalamata.

Final departure time and information will be advised by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour.

Entry requirements:
Entry requirements:

Basic physical condition.

No hiking experience required. Light walking is nessecery.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Level of difficulty / Characteristics :
Level of difficulty / Characteristics :

Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk.

Important notice:
Important notice:

For any tour, it is required a minimoum number of participations in order to be materialized. In case of less participants, our travel agency has the right to cancel the tour or to postpone the date in another with more participants.Last day of information about the materialisation of the tour can be 1 day before departure as some new last minute - bookings or cancelations can influence the tour.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation Policy:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the prebooked tour.

Covid19 special information:
Covid19 special information:

All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned.
Social distancing is maintained in vehicles up to 65% of the total capacity per vehicle ( taxi-minivan-minibus-bus)
The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.
Masks are required, please bring your own..

Included/Excluded

  • Transportation with late model vehicle.
  • English speaking tour escor or driver ( for 2-8 participants).
  • VAT.
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above.
  • Entrance tickets to Archaelogical site and museum.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Any kind of food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages.

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I'm not staying in a hotel, what is the closest pick up point?
You will need to provide the nearest major hotel to where you are staying, and enter these details as the pick up in your booking request. Alternatively you can make your way to the main departure point (Nedontos 79 str.)
Are you offering special group rates?
Trigilidas Travel as a tour organizer is specialized also to groups and private tours so please mail us at info@trigilidas.gr or info.trigilidas.com
Can I change/amend my booking?
It may be possible to amend your booking; however, this depends upon the type of amendment required and is at the discretion of the travel service provider. Contact Trigilidas Travel customer care department with your current booking details and specific details of your amendment, and we will be able to advise if the change/amendment is possible.
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