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Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 5th cent.BC
Date of Inscription: 1986
Location: Europe, Greece, Prefectures of Messenia, Arcadia, and Ilia in the Western Peloponnese
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Description: The Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, built in the mid-5th century B.C. in the bare Arcadian mountains, is dedicated to the god of healing and the sun. The temple, boasting the oldest Corinthian capital yet discovered, unites the Archaic style and the tranquil Doric style with a few bold architectural features. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Bassae (Latin) or Bassai, Vassai or Vasses (Greek, Modern: Βάσσες, Ancient: Βάσσαι), meaning "little vale in the rocks", is an archaeological site at the northeastern of the Messinia Prefecture that was a part of Arcadia in ancient times. Bassae lies northeast of Kyparissia, south of Andritsaina and west of Megalopolis. It is famous for the well-preserved mid-5th century BCE Temple of Apollo Epicurius. Although this temple is geographically remote from major polities of ancient Greece, it is one of the most studied ancient Greek temples because of its multitude of unusual features. Bassae was the first Greek site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List (1986). --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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