ancient greek architecture

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ancient greek architecture

One of the most important structures of architecture used in Ancient Greece was the temple. The altar often sat under the open sky directly in front of the temple, while the inside was used for storage of treasury associated with the god or goddess the temple was made for. Another prominent form of the temples used in Ancient Greece was the tholos (circular),temple.

Check out this video of "The Wonders of Ancient Greece"!

In Ancient Greece every town housed a theatre used for dramatic performances and public meetings. The above picture shows one of the largest theatre in Ancient Greece, the Dodona Theatre.

Ancient Greek Architecture

Ancient Greece was famous for their mass gatherings of city-states to witness athletic events. From these events the Olympic Games where derived. In Ancient Greece the games were held in a stadium that was open to any man as a form of enterntainment. The traditional stadium had a main ground where the competition took place, an altar and very few seats. Often the surrounding embankments became the substitute to seating.

Today the palaces of Minoan Crete are popular tourist sites.

Did you know Ancient Greece was famous for their use of columns? They invented three main types; the Doric, the Ionic and the Corinthian. These three types were also a general style of design .

Palaces were another common form of architecture in Ancient Greece as they were built for leaders and royalty. Three infamous palaces whose remains can still be viewed today are the palaces of Minoan Crete, the Mycenaean palaces of Peloponnese, and the Macedonian Palaces of northern Greece. As Greek society developed to be democratic during Classical times, there was no need to build palaces for the leaders.Choose a destination from the menu bar.Most known to us are the palaces of Minoan Crete, the Mycenaean palaces of Peloponnese, and the Macedonian Palaces of northern Greece.

Fun Facts- The most common building materials used in Ancient Greece were wood, limestone, unbaked bricks, marble, terracotta and metal- Religion played a huge role in Greek architecture- Two famous builders in Ancient Greece were Ictinus and Callicrates- The word "Acropolis" in Greek means "the sacred rock" or "the high city"


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