The surrounding area of Attica, a land endowed by nature, has been one of the major spiritual centers of Greece since the ancient times. The important historical and archaeological sites, Byzantine monuments, the massif, fertile valleys and clean coasts in combination with its proximity to Athens offer a very attractive outlet for daily trips to whoever wants, even for a while to escape from the tension and the city pace.
Although Amfiaraos was not a very well known deity of ancient Greek mythology, he was famous enough to be dedicated twelve temples and sanctuaries which nowadays are widely known. His popularity was derived from his curative and clairvoyance abilities. According to mythology, he was not born but he just sprung out of a spring, which was located close to his temple in Oropos. He participated in the Argonaut expedition and later in the siege of Thiva by Argioi, where Zeus himself intervened to save his life.
Out of all of his temples in Greece the most important one is Amfiarion located in a gorge on the place where Attica shares boarders with Viotia. In the same area dominates an ancient theatre which can seat 3.000 spectators. Pay attention to the five white marble seats around the stage, which carry bas-relief decorations and inscriptions. The temple is close to the spring mentioned in Amfiaraos myth. It is of Doric style built during the 4th century B.C. but most of the ruins surrounding it date back to the 6th century B.C.
How to go there
By car: You can reach Amfiarion by driving 48 km from Athens, on the road to Oropos which you will see on your right hand on the National Road Athens-Lamia.
By bus: There are two buses going to the archaeological site of Amfiarios but they stop in a nearby area not right outside the site. Afterwards you will have to walk for about 3km. There are two alternative routes: To Aghious Apostolous (in this case you will stop in Oropos, 3.3 km away from the site) and to Oropos. You can stop in Markopoulou cemetery, 3km away from the site. The buses leave from Mavromateon Str., Athens (Egyptou Square), tel: 210 82.30.179.