Photos by Jack Waldron
The Heraion of Samos was one of the most important sanctuaries if ancient Greece.
According to ancient myth, the goddess Hera was born beneath a willow tree on the banks of the river Imbrassos. Pictured above is half of a column of the great Temple of Hera, built in 460 BC (larger than the original, which was built between 570-560 BC under the supervision of the architect Rhoicus and the artist Theodoros).
An additional row of columns was added to the new temple, which brought the total to 155.
The giant alter (one corner pictured above) was built in the 8th century BC.
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