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The archaeological site of the temple of Hera is located in the South East coast
of Samos, about 6 km from the ancient city of Pythagorion. The temple was the center
of worshiping and the artistic life of the island.
Historic sites and monuments of Samos
Samos flourished until the beginning of the Archaic period, when it was put under
the suzerainty of Athens of Pericles. It was then colonized in the late second millennium
by Ionian settlers who were expelled from Peloponnesus and who apparently brought
with them the cult of Hera worshiping from Argos. In fact this is also refered in
the myth according to which the Argonauts brought a wooden statue of Hera in Samos.
“Iraio” of Samos is one of the most important archaeological sites in Ionia, both
for the importance it had in its heyday with the constant building development, and
for its unique findings. It is also a major attraction for tourists and visitors,
coupled with its excellent tourist infrastructure and the natural beauty of the site,
it has contributed to the wider economic development of the region.
The Pythagorion Archaeological Collection
The Temple of Hera - “Iraio”
Samos was inhabited from the third millennium, but until the sixth century, there
are only traditions and myths available to us, that speak of the glory of the island
in the old days. Samos was the center of the Ionian civilization and a great naval
and commercial power. When Polycrates was governor of the island, Samos became a
very important centre of the Ionian culture, displaying masterpieces and significant
monuments such as the Eupalinos tunnel, the temple of Hera, theatres, palaces and
The Pythagorion Archaeological Collection is located in a small picturesque square
area behind the main harbour and hosts minimal exhibits . The old museum is now closed
for visitors and a transfer of the artifacts to a new location is
underway. The new museum has been built close to the excavated archaeological site,
where uncovered remains can be still viewed, such as ordinary homes, Roman villas
with mosaic floors, paved roads and a basilica church.
The “Eupalinian” Ditch
The Eupalinos tunnel is an insurmountable work in the history of engineering and
it proves the deep knowledge of Greek engineers in applied geometry and topography
in ancient Greece before the 6th century.
Located in the tourist resort of Pythagorion, 12 km from “Vathy”, the capital of Samos was the ancient capital of the island. Today is one of the most famous archaeological sites of Samos and attracts thousands of tourists.