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World Heritage Sites

Because of its geographical position, Greece was a crossroad of civilisations that had left their traces everywhere: the architecture of the museums and settlements, miniature art, daily life, nutritional customs and in all forms of popular art in the various regions of the country. The visitor can come into contact with this multihued and impressive mosaic through trips into historical, cultural, artistic and folkloric traditions.

Greece as a World Heritage site
According the UNESCO’s official website:
"The monuments included on the World Heritage List are selected and approved on the basis of their value as the best examples of human creative genius. They exhibit an important interchange of human values and bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or has disappeared. They are directly linked to important stages in human history and for this reason they have outstanding universal significance and are a part of mankind’s common heritage".

Greece is preferentially included on the list of World Heritage Monuments, satisfying all the institution’s significant and strict criteria.

Eighteen ‘precious stones’
The first monument in Greece to be included on UNESCO’s list was the Temple of Apollo Epicurius in 1986. Since then number of entries on the list has dramatically increased. Today it includes eighteen monuments throughout the country. More specifically the monuments are as follows:


Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae (1986)


Acropolis archaeological site, Athens (1987)


Archaeological site of Delphi (1987)


Sanctuary of Asklepios, Epidaurus (1988)


Mount Athos (1988)


Medieval city of Rhodes (1988)


Meteora (1988)


Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki (1988)


Archaeological site of Mystras (1989)


Archaeological site of Olympia (1989)


Archaeological site of Delos (1990)


Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios (1990)


Archaeological site of Heraion of Samos (1992)


Archaeological site of Aigai (Vergina) (1996)


Archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns (1999)


Historic centre (Chora), Monastery of Saint John Theologos and the cave of the Apocalypse in Patmos (1999)


Old Town of Corfu (2007)


Archaeological Site of Philippi (2016)


The inclusion of a monument on the list of World Heritage Monuments implies that the international community constantly takes care of their maintenance and promotion. Greece, a country that is a cradle of culture, makes sure of promoting this great wealth. Travellers can enjoy these splendid monuments and reflect on the unique human genius that was able to make such measures of progress.


For more information about the World Heritage Sites in Greece you may visit the Official Website of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO

Temple of Apollo Epicurius

Apollo Epicurius - the architecture of the divine In the central Peloponnese, at Vasses in ancient Figaleia, at an elevation of 1.130 metres, stands the eternally proud temple of Apollo Epicurius....

Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus

Epidaurus – a journey in the land of Asklepieion Epidaurus is one of the most important archaeological findings reflecting the splendour of Greek culture through its imposing beauty. Its ancient...
Tirintha (Archeological site)

Tirintha (Archeological...

Acropolis of Athens

History The greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena, dominates the centre of the modern city from the rocky crag known as the...
A visit to the Acropolis

It is the Athens symbol, the sacred rock, the connection between ancient and contemporary civilizations. The monuments that stand today on the Sacred Rock are dated from the prehistoric period up to...
Invisible UNESCO threads

There is a direct link between religion as a cultural phenomenon and tourism. Religion in terms of tourism is based on the clear cultural bedrock of tradition. Greeks and foreign visitors are stunned...

Invisible UNESCO threads

There is a direct link between religion as a cultural phenomenon and tourism. Religion in terms of tourism is based on the clear cultural bedrock of tradition. Greeks and foreign visitors are stunned...
Nea Moni of Chios

Nea Moni (11th century) has been the most important religious center of Chios for centuries and one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Greece (it is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage...


Where light was born It’s a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s an ark of history, floating lazily on the waters of the Aegean Sea, just a few miles away from cosmopolitan Mykonos. It’s a chance to...
Dilos (Archaeological Site)

Dilos (Archaeological...
Sightseeing tour on Delos

There in the middle of the Aegean lies the small island called Delos. The Apparent, so to say, because it appeared or emerged from the bottom of the sea and became the birthplace of two gods:...

Aghios Ioannis Theologos Monastery

Spiritual sites in Patmos: the holy Cave and the Monastery of St. John The island of Patmos owes its fame to St. John the Evangelist, the most beloved disciple of Christ, and to the...
Apokalipsi Cave

One of the most famous caves worldwide is APOKALIPSI CAVE (tel: 31234) and is located midway between Chora and Skala. Tradition holds that in this cave St John who was exiled to the island of Patmos...


History At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece....

Monastic community-Agio Oros

Agio Oros (Mount Athos) is a unique monastic community. It comprises of 20 majestic monasteries. Apart from the monasteries, there are also 12 hermitages, monk communities which constitute a...

Olympia Archaeological Site

In the western Peloponnese, in the beautiful valley of the Alpheios river, lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece. Dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it lies on the southwest...


The excavation by Professor Manolis Andronikos and his associates under the Great Tumulus of Vergina village in Imathia, Central Macedonia in 1977 brought to light the most important archaeological...

Heraion of Samos

Tradition has it that Hera was born and raised here, and for this reason her temple at Heraion was the largest in the antiquity. The most important archaeological site includes the huge (109 m in...

Paleochristian and Byzantine Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, a World Heritage City! Thessaloniki is an open museum. Any walk around the beautiful northern Greek city will reveal some new aspect of its eternal history to the traveller. Ancient...

Aghia Triada Monastery

Aghia triada monastery is located close to Aghios Stefanos monastery, on top of a steep and magnificent rock. As proved by the documents of Simeon Ouresis Paleologos it has been an organized...

Meteora is the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos. We can locate the first traces of their history from 11th c. when the first hermits settled there....
Meteora Monasteries

One of the greatest monuments of the world, protected by UNESCO and characterized by it as “A Preserved and Protected Monument of Humanity”, Meteora is the most important (after Aghios Oros) monastic...

Invisible UNESCO threads

There is a direct link between religion as a cultural phenomenon and tourism. Religion in terms of tourism is based on the clear cultural bedrock of tradition. Greeks and foreign visitors are stunned...
Monastery of Hosios Loukas

Byzantine Masterpieces at the foot of Mountain Parnassos On your way up to the slopes of Mt. Parnassos and the archaeological site of Delphi, about 13 km before the town of Aráhova, leave the main...

Greece recognised for its achievements in cultural heritage conservation and dedicated service

Each year, Europa Nostra, a member-based organisation whose mission is to safeguard Europe’s cultural heritage, recognizes achievements in this area at its annual European Union Prize for Cultural...

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