saint theodora - Apollo epikourios

Temple of Apollo Epikourios, Bassae

-Driving through the picturesque villages of Elis.
-Temple of Apollo Epicurius.
-Lunch or Coffee/drinks at stunning Andritsena village.

Saint Theodora - Vasta
-St.Theodora church.
-Many tavernas amongst the forest green where you can enjoy lunch and refreshments like Nikola's Watermill ("NEROMILOS") Nikolas' Watermill, is one of the most elegant and tasteful travel stops throughout Greece operating for 28 whole years. The quality and the purity of its tastes are based on the traditional Greek cuisine. At a breathtaking landscape, the pleasant and easy environment has been perfectly combined with the traditional tastes offering unforgetable gastronomic experiences to travellers.

Temple of Apollo Epikourios, Bassae
Bassae meaning' little vale in the rocks' is an archeological site in the northeastern part of Elis.
It is famous for the well preserved mid to late 5th century BC Temple of Apollo Epicurius.
Bassae was the first Greek site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1986 and its construction is placed between 450 BCE and 400 BCE.
The temple was dedicated to Apollo Epicurius or Apollo the 'Helper'. It was designed by Iktinos, architect at Athens of the Temple of Hephaestus and the Parthenon. It sits at an elevation of 1 131 meters above sea level on the steps of Kotylion Mountain. The temple is unusual in that it has examples of all three of the classical orders used in ancient Greek architecture :DORIC, IONIC, and CORINTHIAN. It was constructed entirely out of a grey Arcadian limestone,except for the frieze which was carved from marble.

Saint Theodora - Vasta
Vastas is a village in the municipality of Megalopoli, Arcadia, Greece. It is situated on a mountainside near the border with Messenia at about 850 m elevation.
It is known for it's "miracle church" of Saint Theodora who was an 11th century Byzantine citizen. When the area was raided by bandits, Theodora was determinated to help defend her village, but as a woman it was unthikable to do so. Not to be deterred Theodora secretly disguised herself as a male soldier in order to join the defense. Unfortunately, Theodora did not survive, and as she lay dying she uttered the following words:
"Let my body become a church, My blood a river, My hair the forest".
The villagers moved by her bravery and her untimely demise, built a church at the site of her grave. Legend has it that a local river re-routed to pass directly under the church. Eventually trees sprouted from the roof of the church, the roots of which are not visible under the roof and neither inside or outside the church. Currently the church has 17 enormous holly and maple trees growing on its roof. Most of them are taller than 30 meters.
Saint Theodora has become an important saint of the Greek Orthodox church and the site has become important for religious pilgrims and sightseers alike.

Activity level: Moderate
Duration: Full day
Type: Ancient History, Religious, Sightseeing, Walking
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