Argive Heraion (Argolid) 54 Iraio - Ήραιον

Ἥραιον - Argive Heraion, ancient sanctuary of Hera, N of Neo Ireo, Argolid Peloponnese
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Latitude: 37.691900
Longitude: 22.774700
Confidence: High

Greek name: Ἥραιον
Place ID: 377228SHer
Time period: AC
Region: Peloponnese
Country: Greece
Department: Argolida
Mod: Iraio

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Modern Description: One of the largest Mycenaean cemeteries in mainland Greece (16th-13th century BC), has been excavated at Prosymna, the plain surrounding the Heraeum, yielding a large number of grave goods (vases, weapons, jewellery) and significant evidence of burial habits in the Mycenaean period.
The official sanctuary, originally of Mycenae and later of the city of Argos, emerged as a religious centre for the Argive cities in general. It was dedicated to Hera, great goddess of the Argolid, as goddess of nature.
Impressive ruins in an organized archaeological site. To the N, on an 8th-century BC terrace, one of the first Doric temples was built in the 7th century BC (foundations and parts of the upper structure now visible). In the square to the S are stoas, among them two of the earliest examples in the Doric order. The sanctuary included a banqueting hall (hestiatorion, ἑóôéáôόñéïí) in Archaic times and a hypostyle hall, possibly a Telesterion for the mysteries associated with the cult of the goddess. Dominating the middle of the sanctuary square are the foundations of the later Doric temple of Hera (late 5th century BC), with rich architectural and sculpted decoration, which housed the famous chryselephantine statue of the seated goddess, work of the Argeian bronze sculptor Polykleitos. To the W lie a gymnasium and Roman thermae.
Wikidata ID: Q1607754
Trismegistos Geo: 37651
Manto: 10159442

Info: Archaeological Atlas of the Aegean

(Archaeological Atlas of the Aegean, Ministry of the Aegean)

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