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 length, 55 m in width and 25 m. tall) temple of Hera (widely known as Kolona due to the single column that still stands up to this day), the grand altar and the sacred road (the road leading from the city, today known as Pythagoreion, to the temple). Between Pythagoreion and Heraion are the artificial Lakes Glyfades. Also it is worth seeing Sarakinis Tower (1577) at Heraion plain. Agios Ioannis and Agios Georgios churches are located right next to the tower. Another significant archaeological site is at Myloi precinct, with relics from various ages. For swimming, go to the beaches of Ireon and Papas. By boat you can access some more, such as Mylonas, Kyriakou, Kakorema as well as Samiopoula. In July and August “Irea” event is taking place, which is a festival of ancient theatrical performances. It is located 17.5 km southwest of the capital.
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