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Temple of Apollo Pythios Soter

Last Update: Nov 2013

Closed to the public due to restoration works

Archaeological site ARTA , EPIRUS , GREECE
Vas. Pyrrou Street, 47100 ARTA , EPIRUS , GREECE

Temple of Apollo Pythios Soter - Overview

  At the center of the contemporary city of Arta was located the most important sanctuary of ancient Ambracia, dedicated to Apollo Pythios Soter (Saviour). The temple is peripteral, in Doric order (measuring 20.75 x 44 m.), with a pronaos and a longitudinal cella, in the interior of which is preserved the foundation of the pedestal supporting the cult statue or the symbol of the god worshipped. The temple is preserved up to the euthenteria level, because it was used as a quarry in the Early Christian period.
  The monument is dated to ca. 500 BC. The temple was discovered in 1964 and was then excavated for the first time by J. Vocotopoulou. The excavation was continued in 1966 and 1968 and completed in 1975-1977.
  Under the integrated in NSRF project "Enhancement - Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Ancient Amvrakia: Western Necropolis - Temple of Apollo - Small Theatre", the 33rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities implements upgrading works, that are expected to create a well organised network of archaeological sites in the city of Arta.

Sources:
Ministry of Culture and Tourism Website
33rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities

Temple of Apollo Pythios Soter - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 26820 89890, Fax: 26820 89891, Email:  
    33rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Preveza
  • Auxiliaries tel. information contact:, Tel.: 26810 71700, 26810 21191, Fax: 26810 21191
    Archaeological Museum of Arta

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Ancient monuments • Altars • Temples / Archaic period, 700-480 BC
Ancient sanctuary • Sanctuary of Apollo

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