The temple in its current form was built between 420 and 400 BC. Archaeologists believe that under its foundations lies an even more ancient temple, probably from the seventh century BC. The temple is a unique monument and the inspiration behind its construction and the architect is considered to be the great and skillful Ictinus and embodies in its structure the entire wealth of architectural knowledge of Greek civilization. With both archaic and innovatory elements, it has been greatly admired by all visiting travellers through the centuries. It is speculated that the central column of the temple was designed to reflect the first rays of the summer solstice, symbolizing the eternal light of the sun god, Apollo. If this is true, then this is the first large scale sculptural work of art in the history of mankind to represent an abstract concept. This universal architectural gem was the first of the great monuments of Greece to be recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1986.
The temple can be approached from Ilia, after an enchanting journey along the banks of the river Neda, or from Tripoli and Megalopolis. It is located in the central Peloponnese, at Vasses in ancient Figaleia, at an elevation of 1.130 metres, where it stands proud! The distance from Kalamata city is 83 km and it takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes to get there.
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