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The Temple of Apollo Pythios (Pythian Apollo) located in the center of the ancient Agora, was excavated in 1887 and was the largest temple and the religious center of ancient Gortyn until the introduction of Christianity and the founding of the basilica of St. Titus around 500 AD.
The first building of the seventh century. BC was a four-sided enclosure with four wooden pillars in the center to support the roof. The exterior walls and stairs of the crepis were covered with archaic inscriptions. In the Hellenistic period a monumental anteroom was added while columns with inscriptions were placed between the pillars. Alterations and additions were made during the Roman period. Outside the temple was built a magnificent altar on a stepped base while in the west of the temple was built a small theatre.
In the middle Byzantine period in the vicinity of the temple, which had been abandoned, were built houses and aqueducts.
Many finds have been made in the temple among which the colossal statue of Apollo Pythios and many inscriptions with administrative and law content of the Archaic and Hellenistic period. Dates: 7th c BC; Hellenistic; 2nd c AD.
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In and/or around The Temple of Apollo Pythios:
(within a radius of 50 Km)






Levin Apartments Lentas, South Iraklion
at 14.5km(S) from The Temple of Apollo Pythios
Levin Apartments

Aretoussa Pension Pitsidia
at 16.2km(W) from The Temple of Apollo Pythios
Aretoussa Pension

Kiknos Studios Kalamaki
at 17.7km(W) from The Temple of Apollo Pythios
Kiknos Studios

Melissa Hotel *** Matala
at 18.4km(W) from The Temple of Apollo Pythios
Melissa Hotel ***

Die Zwei Bruder Pension & Villas For Rent Matala
at 19.6km(W) from The Temple of Apollo Pythios
Die Zwei Bruder Pension & Villas for rent

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