The Temple of Hera on Samos

Seven kilometres south – west of the ancient city of Samos ( present – day Pythagoreio ), near the sea, is the Heraion, one of the most important sanctuaries of ancient Greece.

Despite its size and significance, the Heraion was not a panhellenic sanctuary like Delphi or Olympia. Belonging exclusively to Samos, the development of the temple of Hera was inseparably bound up with the political history of the city.

The temple was built at the mouth of the Imbrasus river on terrain which is not especially stable, but it seems that this was dictated by the fact that this particular spot was associated with the worship of the goddess Hera.

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