The acropolis at Argos


On the hill called Larisa overlooking the town of Argos (you know, of Jason and the Argonauts) is an acropolis whose beginning dates back to as early as the 8th century BC.  It is believed that at first, it had temples for Athena and Zeus.  The fortification walls date back to the 6th and 5th centuries BC. Over time, subsequent cultures (Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Turks) built upon the site. In the picture below you can see the differences in the construction of the wall from different periods.

This is the view looking down on Argos.

The site was not exactly ready for public exhibition, so we were careful as we explored a bit.  The site, like many in Greece is lit at night to make it visible from the valley.  You can see, in the pic below, some of the light fixtures.  Lighted sites like this are beautiful and a daily reminder of the tremendous contributions this land has made to western culture.

These are classic poses for anyone with a camera in Greece.  There is a beautiful shot everywhere you turn.

Looking downhill in another direction shows the Sanctuaries of Athena Oxyderkes and Apollo Deiradiotes.

This is one old wall.

One last parting shot of the acropolis.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Great post. I think this last photo would’ve illustrated *my* most recent post better than the one I shot.


  2. Posted by Dorothy on May 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    luv it. it was a great help for my Argos ancient greece project.


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