The Pythian Temple of Apollo Savior
According to all the indications, the Pythian Temple of Apollo Savior, standing at the centre of the city, was the most important worshiping temple of the ancient Arta (Amvrakia). Today, the visitors can hardly recognize some ruins of the temple, a pedestal and a supporting element is what is left from this legendary temple.
It was constructed around 500 B.C, supported by absorbent architectural elements which were later found dispersed in the surrounding area. According to archaeologists, this temple was built on the ruins of previous temples, dedicated also to Apollo.
The temple was built according to the Dorian architecture and was 44m long and 20,75m wide. Preserved until today, is the foundation of the pedestal that was supporting the statue of Apollo. The sanctuary of the temple was used in the early Christian years as a Marble mine. The foundation of the ancient city of Nikopolis by the Romans, was decisive for the future of Arta, many citizens migrated to Nikopolis taking with them many construction materials from the existing monuments. Apollo’s Temple was discovered in 1964, during excavations in a nearby field. It is located on a main street of the city and can be visited for free.
THE PYTHIAN TEMPLE OF APOLLO SAVIOR