Guided tour: Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae (Figaleia)
This famous temple to the god of healing and the sun was built towards the middle of the 5th century B.C. in the lonely heights of the Arcadian mountains. The temple, which has the oldest Corinthian capital yet found, combines the Archaic style and the serenity of the Doric style with some daring architectural features.
The temple was dedicated to Apollo Epikourios (“Apollo the helper”). It sits at an elevation of 1,131 metres above sea level on the slopes of Kotylion Mountain. Its construction is placed between 450 BC and 400 BC. It was supposedly designed by Iktinos, architect at Athens of the Parthenon.
Since 1986 the temple is part of the World Heritage Monuments protected by UNESCO.
Open daily 08.00-20.00
For security reasons the Temple of Apollo Epikourios will remain closed to the public when extreme weather conditions are forecast in the area (wind speeds exceeding 6 Beaufort and wind gusts reaching 70 km/h.) Please contact the ticket office to confirm the operation of the site on the phone +30 26260 22275.
Full admission €6 (archaeological site+ museum, due to COVID-19, safety and protection measures to know before visiting), reduced price €3 (visitors over 65 years old), free entrance for children coming from the EU (check with our guide and at the ticket office if coming from other countries).
Water, hat and sunglasses, loose clothing and comfortable shoes needed.