Travelers, both domestic and foreign, are fascinated by the ancient triangles of Greece. Every country has its own history and deserves respect, but it is natural to focus on Greece’s history since it contains mysteries that remain unsolved even after thousands of years. These mysteries reveal something special about the ancient Greek civilization, which set a standard for its time and still amazes us today. One example of these mysteries is the ancient triangles of Greece. These are places that anyone can visit and experience history first-hand, while also having fun. This combination would surely please the ancient Greeks themselves…
The ancient triangles of Greece: Temple of Poseidon - Temple of Aphaia Athena - Temple of Hephaestus
It is a fact that the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the Temple of Aphaia Athena in Aegina, and the Temple of Hephaestus at Thissio in Athens form an isosceles triangle. Some people have conspiracy theories about this, but we will not go into them right now. The important thing is that the ancient triangles of Greece offer many other experiences besides conspiracy theories.
SOUNIO - Temple of Poseidon
Sounion is a place that soothes your mind, so instead of worrying about the mystery of the triangle, you might want to visit the temple of Poseidon and watch the sunset from there. The temple is part of an archaeological site that you can explore at any time of the day. If you plan to spend a day at Sounion, here are 3 stops you should make.
One of them is Skalakia Beach, located at the 35th kilometer of the coastal road from Athens to Sounion. This is a hidden gem that you will want to visit again and again, not only in summer.
Another one is Sounion National Park, which is not very well-known but worth seeing and hiking.
After that, you can satisfy your hunger by dining at one of the taverns in Sounion, many of which have a view of the Temple of Poseidon.
AEGINA ISLAND - Temple of Aphaia Athena
From Sounion, we head to Aegina, the island that was the first capital of modern Greece and the queen of the Argosaronic Gulf. It is only an hour away by boat from Attica. Here are some things you can appreciate about its culture and architecture while you visit the island.
There you can admire Kapodistrian buildings (Kapodistrias was the first governor in the Modern History of Greece) and Neoclassical architecture, shop at alternative stores, and ride a horse-drawn carriage at the port.
You can also visit the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos, which dates back to 1673 and adds to the island’s history. Another attraction is the old fish market, which has been in operation for more than 70 years.
After exploring the port, you should not miss the second point of the triangle. This is the Temple and Museum of Aphaia Athena, located 29 kilometers away from the Acropolis of Athens and 160 meters above sea level. You can see a model of the temple as it originally looked at the entrance of the museum.
One way to have fun on Aegina Island is to join the pistachios festival (Fistiki Fest). This is a festival that celebrates the island’s famous peanut with various products: Food, drinks, jewelry, art, and more. The festival lasts for several days and takes place along the island’s coastal road.
Another artistic attraction is Paleochora, the old town of Aegina which is called Mystras of Aegina, which dates back to 896 AD. You can also visit the Monastery of Agios Nektarios, which is one of the largest in Greece and one of the biggest Orthodox churches in the Balkans. If you are more interested in the present than in the past, don’t worry.
Aegina also has beautiful beaches, such as Panagitsa Beach, Avra Beach, or Kolona Beach, where you can see pine trees touching the sea. These are perfect places to relax and enjoy yourself, before heading to a restaurant or tavern for some delicious food. Some of the places you can try are “Babis”, “Kappos Tsi”, “Skotadis”, and “Bakalogatos”. Aegina Island is a trip that combines vintage charm, tasty cuisine, and lively nightlife.
ATHENS - Temple of Hephaestus
Once you return from Aegina by boat, you can complete your “mission” by visiting the last point of the triangle: Thissio in Athens, where the Temple of Hephaestus stands inside the Ancient Agora. The area of Thissio used to be called Alonia because there was a threshing floor in the square outside the ISAP station (a station of the old electric metro of Athens). Over time, everything changed, but the area still retains its charm and today looks like a traditional Athenian neighborhood. There you can admire the temple of Hephaestus, walk along the pedestrian street of Apostolou Pavlou str, and feel the atmosphere of the past, with the Acropolis looming over you.
The ancient triangles of Greece: Temple of Apollo - Parthenon - Temple of Aphaia Athena
But this is not the only amazing ancient triangle of Greece. There is another one that involves the Temple of Aphaia Athena in Aegina, along with the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and the Parthenon.
DELPHI - Temple of Apollo
We begin our tour from Delphi, the place that has always been shrouded in mystery because of the Oracle. There are many theories about how Pythia (oracle) made her prophecies, but we will not get into them. We will just enjoy the scenic drive until we reach our destination. And when we arrive, we have plenty to see and do. This is the second mission of the ancient triangles of ancient Greece, and we are ready to go on…
We decide to explore the whole archaeological site of Delphi, which has been a UNESCO monument since 1987. And for a good reason, since it has the Castalia Fountain, the sacred spring where Pythia bathed, and most importantly, the temple of Apollo. Today only its ruins remain, but they are enough to make us feel a special energy. Delphi is the trip to the navel of the Earth that you have to take. It is one of the most visited sites in Greece, second only to the Acropolis. And that’s where we are heading next, to complete the second of the ancient triangles of ancient Greece.
ATHENS - Parthenon
The Parthenon is one of the most important monuments in the world, with a history that spans thousands of years. It is a marvel that inspires awe. How can you not be amazed when you realize that what you see is not straight but curved? It sounds unbelievable, it’s hard to explain, but it’s true. A real miracle, which was built to resist earthquakes and had a wooden roof. Incredible, right? We have told you five facts that many people don’t know about the Parthenon. The ancient Greeks did things that defy logic even today, thousands of years later. The ancient triangles of Greece are one of those things…