Lake Vouliagmeni and the Temple of Hera
Just one hour from Athens lies a picturesque landscape and ancient temple. The archaeological site of Heraion (Temple of Hera) includes some of the most remarkable remains of the early Corinthian civilization (9th c. BCE).
Just one hour from Athens lies a picturesque landscape and ancient archaeological site. Lake Vouliagmeni at Perachora is located about 9 miles from the city of Corinth on the other side of the Corinthian Peninsula. It is a natural moorage with a beautiful sandy beach and a small channel (only 19ft wide) through which the sea water flows and creates a blue lagoon.
The archaeological site of Heraion (Temple of Hera) includes some of the most remarkable remains of the early Corinthian civilization (9th c. BCE), including a covered promenade (stoa), a reservoir, restaurants, and a second smaller temple. The center of the sanctuary was the temple of Hera, at the harbor under the 19th c. Melagavi Lighthouse.
During pre-Roman times, Perachora was a vital part of the Corinthian city-state. Although there are contradicting theories concerning the ancient zone of influence of Argos, Megara or Corinth, it seems possible that Perachora was under the control of the latter as the entrance of the sanctuary was oriented towards the ancient harbor of Corinth.
Corinthian art, from the Geometric and Archaic years, was revealed during excavations (1930-1933) throughout the region of Heraion; the research was extended around the Lake of Vouliagmeni, where remains of Neolithic, Early Hellenic and Mycenaean periods were discovered. During the Roman period, private homes were built on the site indicating that the area was no longer considered sacred.
Today the area is an attractive destination for Athenians to swim and eat seafood while enjoying the serene landscape!